Ellen Sullivan Farley About
Welcome to my studio! In my work, my preferred media is watercolors and oils. I worked many years as an illustrator and art teacher. Much of my inspiration comes from the play of light upon objects and it's effects on color and form. Subjects cover a wide range from still life, figures, flowers and garden scenes. Really anything, no matter how mundane, as all things have an interesting moment now and then.
An example of this, my painting titled "Remembrance of Summer". This painting is basically a "gone by" pot of flowers left over on my porch in the fall. This subject looks like something someone, who is a better gardener than me, would've thrown out weeks before. But there it was looking so enchanting to me in the late fall afternoon sun.
I would like to quote the artist and illustrator, N.C. Wyeth, who put this so well, when he said,"Every spot on earth is potential of great interpretation by someone, if he but gives himself up to it's underlying beauties rather than it's scenic sensations." I'm not much for doing paintings of big scenic beauties as I'm more interested in those little things or private places you just come across whether in someone's garden or jewelry box or strange side street somewhere. Mainly, things and people you pass everyday and don't pay much mind to till they're missing.
Currently, I'm working on a series of gardens and statues but to be honest with you I just paint whatever hits me at the time. I'm not one of those artists with a 5 year plan. Presently, when not working on my artwork, I'm teaching at my small art school or at the local parochial school where I'm the art teacher. I still take the occasional illustration job. It's seems all these students in my life have a lot to do with me getting inspired and moving into new areas.
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