Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca Farmer.
Becca, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been an artist since I was a child. The daughter of an Air Force pilot, I grew up in Europe and was influenced by a culture rich in art. In college, I studied design and composition under Chris Magadini, internationally acclaimed illustrator. For many years I enjoyed a career as a graphic artist.
I focus on acrylic painting with a macro perspective and modern realism style. My distinctive artistic voice comes from a deep respect for nature and a keen curiosity for the scientific mechanics of life. The process of life is a continuous flow of growth and death, often occurring at the same time. This is fascinating to me. So when I find moments of brilliant beauty in a flower or plant, I want to capture it and express it through my creativity as an act of reverence and preservation of that moment.
I’ve studied and played with many mediums and forms of art, but painting is my favorite. I love to express the feelings that natural beauty invokes through my paintings. I use acrylic paints because of the lower toxicity impact to the environment. I find they’re useful to interpret what I see with clear, crisp color and the flexibility to develop glazed layers. My passion is to create a dramatic visual experience of color, contrast and illusion of depth.
I enjoy being outdoors gardening, hiking, kayaking and exploring the deserts and forests of Arizona. My greatest inspiration for art is found in the beauty of nature, whether in my backyard or open wildlands.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Creating art is a very personal experience but seems to also have some commonality among artists. There is a constant struggle between inspiration and application.
My struggle looks a lot like this: There are times that I am so full of ideas that I could burst and others when a blank canvas is extremely intimidating and even seems to mock me. And then there’s that wonderful, inevitable process of design, blocking in color, refining, adjusting and then hitting a challenging wall that makes me wonder, “What was I thinking!” Then I have to step back. Maybe for a few minutes. Maybe for many days. Then I see in my heart what I was trying to express tangibly and I work it out or start over! And then, if it works, it feels like the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done in my life!
Please tell us more about your art.
Becca Farmer Art is focused on selling my distinctive original artwork to people that are looking for a fresh approach to art. Art possesses the ability to influence the atmosphere. Clients love the energy and beauty of nature that my paintings express in their living and working environments. People are looking for creative solutions for all areas of their lives. Creativity inspires creativity.
I am most proud of the responses I get from people who love and collect my art. They tell me that they can daydream looking at my paintings, exploring the depth I create and feeling refreshed by the beauty. I love that!
My unique perspective comes from my love and study of science. As an example, I’ve chosen to focus on flowers that grow well and usually wild in Arizona. The primary role of a flower is enticement. The unfurling of vividly colored petals to reveal a succulent core of pollen is uniquely focused on finding the right bug, bird or bystander to reproduce. It’s a brilliant and desperate attempt at species survival. I’ve seen people touched deeply by contemplating my art and I believe it’s because of my fascination with this theme. These fleeting moments of brilliance are so captivating because they represent life in its simplest form.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I am successful if I can do something I love and it then provides the means to continue doing what I love.
Of course, I have many dreams of being able to vacation and travel, study art abroad, be generous, have time to enjoy my family and leave a legacy for my grandchildren. In that regard, my definition of success is more about what I can do than what I have.
- Website: www.BeccaFarmer.com
- Phone: (623) 910-9382
- Email: Becca@BeccaFarmer.com
- Instagram: @becca.farmer.art
- Facebook: @beccafarmerart