Barron has created illustrations for magazines such as Boys' Life, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, leather-bound classics for the Franklin Library, books like War and Peace,The Good Earth, Stories by Sinclair Lewis and the collected works of Theodore Dreiser. Among his most seen works is the cover for the 1980 reissue of Lord of the Flies, which for years was the best-selling paperback book in the country, in part because of its provocative cover painting of a young boy who looks half frightened, half fearless.
Nobody draws better than Barron. Not you, not your little sister, your architect dad, not your rebellious ex-boyfriend who draws with his own blood, not the most talented kid at your art school. Not your favorite artist in the whole world; I've seen the work with my own eyes. Nobody draws better than The Barron.
Barron puts the lie to the old saw: "them as can't, teach." I took classes from him back in the seventies when he was head of the illustration department at Art Center. His teaching style — immersive, engaging, and accessible — is an art unto itself.