Every first Saturday of the month, from February to November of the year, I will be featuring a new artist that I admire, appreciate and want to know more about, on my blog. This month the spotlight lands on Steve Farr with Farr* Art (he is a painter) and Farr* Art Images (his digital paintings).
Steve paints on canvas and on the computer. He paints on canvas, takes pictures of his work or scans it into the computer to be uploaded to his sites to sell online, and he paints on his computer using a wacom tablet (digital paintings). He uploads these images onto his ArtWanted.com Store and Red Bubble Store, where you can purchase mugs, posters, greeting cards and more with his art designs. He seldom sells his originals so he can use them in a gallery or show.
I met Steve Farr through Facebook, and I found him to be very personable, kind and VERY supportive of my art work as well. He is a FARR* out painter who uses very bold and bright colors and I found his work to be very original, colorful, and vibrant! He has a flare for the comic book hero look, and even a dreamy fantasy and nature kind of style of painting— but it’s much more than that! There is no particular style he does (and I personally don’t label myself to keep myself open to any and all styles) as I’ve heard Steve say as well……so let’s meet Steve…..
Interview with Steve Farr:
1. Steve, tell us about yourself, what you do and what makes you different from other painters:
My name is Steve Farr and I’m a self- taught artist from Chicago. In 2004, I created Farr*Art Images. What is “Farr*Art”?? Farr*Art is not just paintings, but art that represents my mood, my feelings, and my positive vibes, which I try to convey through ideas & color. The link to my Face book page is: https://www.facebook.com/FarrArtImages?ref=nf My artwork can be purchased at these two sites: http://www.artwanted.com/farrartimages http://www.redbubble.com/people/farrart.
2. Steve, can you give us a bit of history about yourself, your creative journey, experience, any education to help you become the painter you are today?
I began drawing at the age of five, so art is something I’ve done and always wanted to do from a very early age. My mom would buy me the Dr. Seuss books and I loved the characters in them so much, I tried to draw and color my own. I was rough on coloring books too. I couldn’t just color them like most kids, I had to make patterns, designs and textures out of colors. I had an early drive to be original! Later, around age 9, I began collecting comic books, then creating and drawing my own. I developed a following of through school and I really didn’t think I drew all that well, but everyone liked my stories! So I was on my way!
3. Can you tell us in more detail why your painting is so special to you?
I always liked most forms of art, but I never really started painting until a Junior in high school. I took a couple of painting classes, where I learned the different mediums and I was hooked! It always amazed me how (for instance), everyone in the class would be assigned to paint the same subject or still life, but everyone’s painting was distinctly different. I guess that’s when I learned about “styles”. As for my style, well I don’t like labels because I feel they create boundaries that may limit ones progression as an artist. Originality is a must for me. I love to experiment with “non-traditional” color combinations. I was once told that “I use the weirdest color combinations, but that I always seem to make them work!”
“Art is my passion, and my passion is Art!” I’m inspired by dreams, music, movies, mythology, childhood memories, and everyday life. Whatever the mood calls for!! I’ll often start out a painting, with no idea where its going to take me, but I think that’s what makes art exciting for me! An empty canvas is a “beautiful” thing because the possibilities are endless!! With a blank canvas and some music, I can go anywhere my mind can take me!!
4. What are your future goals and dreams for Farr* Art and Farr*Art Images?
I was such an admirer of the story and success of Microsoft Corp and became a fan of and adhered to the original vision of Bill Gates, when he said that he wanted to have a personal computer on every desk and in every home. Mine is similar. One day I would like have some Farr*Art in every home and business. A lofty goal, but I’ll get there! I especially have hope for this everytime I go into someone’s home and see bare walls or go into an office or business and see “bad” art on the walls, I think to myself: “hmm, this would be a great place for some “Farr*Art”!!
Thank you Steve for letting me interview you for Featured Artist of the Month! By the way, I love YOUR trees!! As you know, I love painting trees myself! This SPEARMINT FOREST picture you see below is my favorite so far that I have seen of Steve’s. I know I haven’t seen all of his work, but I’ve seen quite a few pieces in the last few months to say that THIS ONE is my favorite!!
Please leave Steve a comment or a question below in the comments section! He would love to hear from you!