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Amy Farrier | Watercolorist

We are always curious about how an artist discovers their talent and passion for art, and for Amy Farrier, it has been a life-long process. “Making art was a big part of my childhood, whether it was my guerrilla-style crayon series done at age four (found in various books and on one wall), crafty projects like painting river rocks with my grandmother, or simply drawing in a sketchbook. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started creating art as an adult. Now I can’t imagine not making art. Painting, drawing, hand-lettering, cutting shapes in paper, making ceramics, taking photographs…doing these things makes me happy.”

Amy‘s education and experience is extensive, and like a lot of artists, her career took her in a different direction for a while. “I took art classes all through public school and the first semester of college before my engineering major took over. I ended up getting a B.A. in English literature at Rice University, deciding after a few semesters that I was not an engineer at heart. Over the next ten years, I taught, edited, wrote press releases, and designed various publications but did not create any art.”

After taking a class on illustrating children’s books with watercolor at the art school at Austin Museum of Art in the fall of 2005, Amy has been painting ever since. “I still take classes once or twice a year in various media, which are fun and inspiring; but most of my education happens in my own studio through the work that I do.”

Her goal or motivation when producing a new piece is “successfully getting the image from my head onto the page or canvas.” After teaching, editing, and writing, Amy explains that her favorite thing about being an artist is simply “creating things—art, craft, illustration—is what it’s all about for me; but setting my own schedule is definitely a big plus.”

Conscious of her viewing audience, Amy explains, “I want my pieces, both children’s book and fine art, to resonate with the viewer, through color, mood, and line.” With this in mind, she approaches any new work as well-prepared as possible. Amy’s goal for her art this year is to add more abstract paintings, and more narrative children’s book illustration to her portfolio. Currently, she is busy working on abstract watercolor paintings incorporating floral elements.

Amy’s favorite places of inspiration are wooded hiking trails, gardens, southern Spain, northern California, and the library. Her strongest influences in her work are nature, color, events, and dreams. If she were not an artist, she says, she would probably be a farmer or a librarian. As far as a design theory, she adds that she loves white space.

Amy has no single favorite artist, but loves “looking at the work of Edward Hopper, Hiroshige, Tullio Pericoli, and Arthur Rackham.” Her favorite artwork is “any book by Lisbeth Zwerger, an Austrian children’s book illustrator who is a master of watercolor and composition.”

As with all of our featured artists, we are happy to have Amy Farrier join our gallery at Artmuse, and look forward to more of her vividly inspired work.

written by Jennifer Shaver

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