After a tour of Europe more than 20 years ago, indie rocker Eric Barth put away his amplifier and picked up pastel colors.

He said he doesn't regret his decision.

The Clintonville resident's landscapes, seascapes and some abstract pieces will be on display through Nov. 30 in Keny Galleries, 300 E. Beck St. in German Village.

Barth's work, and that of other artists, can be viewed during regular business hours weekdays and by appointment on weekends.

Barth, who graduated with an art degree from Ohio State University, grinded it out the club circuit when he was the bass guitar player with local rock band Gaunt, whom he said he believes was unfairly chacterized as "punk."

Barth, 51, said he toured Europe and then parted ways with the band, which went onto land a record deal, but eventually broke up.

He now has a part-time job at Keny Galleries, where he is a jack-of-all trades, and frequently has work on display.

Barth's early influences were abstract impressionists such as Mark Rothko and Philip Guston. But as his style grew, Barth enjoyed creating landscapes.

He now alternates between soft and oil pastels to create his work.

"There's always going to be beauty in a landscape," he said.

Tim Keny, co-founder of the gallery, had praise for Barth's work in terms of creativity, luminosity, soulfulness and ability to use tools to create textures.

"And he has an excellent sense of position in that he doesn't give you more than you need," Keny said.

A portion of the exhibit will be from work he created earlier this year while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a month.

He once owned Barth Studios, on Indianola Avenue near the Studio 35 Cinema, but sold it 12 years ago.

Barth said all things considered, being an artist has been rewarding, but also has presented difficulties.

"There's that whole art-therapy aspect to making painting," he said. "I wouldn't say I make a living off painting, but it's what I do.

"Making paintings is intense," he said.

"You're your own worst critic. I think It's always been a challenge. I don't think you'll talk to an artist who says it's just a process any more."

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