John Farr’s Biography
“Life is not only about blue skies and green trees..”
John Farr has shown interest in color and design for nearly his whole life. In grade school in Danville, Illinois, he thought that art was so much fun that it was not a serious pursuit. It was playtime. “It was the dessert of everyday life for me.”
Watercolor first interested John while he was in the Army based in Ft. Dix, N.J., which allowed him easy access to get art supplies in the City and absorb the City creative vibe. HIs first pursuits started out roughly but found solace and enjoyment passing time with a brush in his hand. Returning from the service and returning to Illinois State University to finish his undergraduate work, he studied drawing, art history and sculpture. He used these disciplines in his career as an antique dealer and furniture designer in Atlanta, GA, showing his designs in High Point, N.C., and continuing painting throughout this time in oil and watercolors.
With more time to think about what is important in life, he pursued his painting after retirement. On a trip to Palm Springs, CA several years ago, he was inspired with art galleries and museums there using many rich and vibrant colors. They piqued his artistic interests. It was time to start painting again and express himself in color, texture, and composition that is so exciting in a new medium, acrylics.
“Painting for me today is about the enjoyment of life,” says John. “The feeling of accomplishment I get from the finding the right shades, creating the right effect and working at it until my mind says, ‘that’s it.’ No more. It’s done.”
“I want my paintings to still be interesting five years after I’ve painted them and still draw my eye to some vibrant expression. I have just gotten started. I hope to paint until I no longer can find the door to the studio, and hopefully, that will never come.”
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