Corey was born in Nashville, Tennessee in a family of Artists. He was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother a quilt artist, and his mother who was gifted with a feel for design and an eye for detail which she expressed in all aspects of her daily life. This is the root of Barksdale's creative expression. Barksdale earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Atlanta College of Art in 1994. During this period he was influenced by the abstract expressionists and admired such mainstream artists as Jasper Johns, Clifford Still, William deKooning. The African-American masters Aaron Douglas, John Biggers, Romere Bearden, and William Tolliver instilled in him a appreciation of African/American artistic heritage.
A prolific Atlanta artist, his fine art subject matter ranges from human figures to abstract designs. He has concentrated his talents on themes that portray the love and strength that exists within the African American community. His work can be seen on the covers of books, magazines, musical artists CD covers and posters. He enjoys giving back to his community through art education.