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Painting the incredible life of Mr. Barney Ford
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Mr. Barney Ford learning to read as a child.

Leilani Abeyta created the artwork for the Rocky Mountain PBS documentary Mr. Barney Ford.

Her style is hyperrealism, using reference photographs to inform large, ultra-lifelike portraits with excruciating detail and attention to light.

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Meet the artist: Leilani Abeyta

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Meet Leilani Abeyta, the artist for "Colorado Experience: Mr. Barney Ford".

Leilani Abeyta holds a Painting BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She was an intern with Platte Forum.

Leilani’s artwork can be seen in the RMPBS documentary and will be on display at the Barney Ford House Museum in Breckenridge in January 2022, for Barney Ford's 200th birthday (Jan 22, 2022). 

View the documentary and Leilani’s artwork here.

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