J. Barry Mock

Even though born and reared in Savannah, Ga., Barry has called Columbia, S.C. home since 1970.  When asked how he got here, he explains, “Uncle Sam (US Army/Ft. Jackson) got me first, then my wife (a Columbia native) got me second!”  As a career manager/administrator with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Barry states he had no time to pursue his artistic etchings until after retirement in 2001; however, knew years before he retired what he wanted to do.

Barry describes his deeply hand carved/etched/sandblasted Artistic Etchings on Tile as something uniquely different considering the hard pallet in which he uses (i.e., tile, granite, etc.), and as an art form that is just not done by others nor is found in this area.  His etchings are either painted in or left in their natural state, can be hung on walls or placed on easels either framed or unframed, vary in sizes from small 4x4 inches to larger 20x20 inches, and entail a wide range of subject matter. 

Barry's artwork is located in several venues around the Columbia/Lexington areas to include Palmetto Fine Arts in Chapin, S.C.  (Phone #803-932-0265) and Blythewood Arts Center in Blythewood, S.C. (Phone #803- 550-9323).

His etchings have been done for a variety of individuals and charitable/non-charitable organizations such as for former Lt. Governor Andre’ Bauer, the American Heart Association, the S.C. Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, etc.   They have even found their way to a number of states around the nation as well as into the residence of former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins (a South Carolinian) at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.  Barry can be reached at (803) 772-0990 and by email at bmock2@sc.rr.com

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14" x 14"


17" x 13.5"


13" x 16"

Palmetto State Tree

14" x 18"

Palmetto Tree II

8" x 8 "


12" x 14"

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