Profile

Farrell's ethereal underwater images have captured the imagination of a worldwide audience, and carry a harmonious message of peace and unity. Each distinctive piece is created with a variety of media which allows her to convey the movement and animation of the light on the water that is central to her spontaneous style.


Although Farrell builds the work at an easel, she adds the koi on a flat canvas. To create stones, she places moulding paste on the canvas and rubs a bronze paint on the background. Then she forms 'puddles' of acrylic with water and alcohol to make dissolved areas, before defining the rocks with a brush. The fish themselves area added with cream or white paint mixed with alcohol to make them more transparent. She then adds reds and golds to capture their exotic properties and uses a brayer (a soft roller) to add a ripple effect to the water's surface.


Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama during the time of segregation, Farrell has strong recollections of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Having observed these historic events she strives to create a sense of harmony and fluid motion between the many diverse elements in her works. The experience has helped form her core belief that "There are many beautiful colors in this world, and we must appreciate them equally. My work is about liquidity and movement; I let the paints run together until everything becomes a part of everything else."


The Deep South still holds a powerful attraction for the artist and she finds herself drawn back to her roots time and again to "simplify her life." The importance of water to the lifestyle of the Gulf Coast holds a particular fascination for her, and she loves the simplicity of life there and the natural beauty that is seen in the countryside, the beaches and the bays.


Farrell is strongly influenced by the Impressionists, particularly Claude Monet for his play of light, washes of colour and their shared fascination with water. Farrell has been painting professionally for the last sixteen years. She received her Art Degree from Auburn University and has studied in Arizona at he Scottsdale Artist School and at The Universite per Stranierei in Perugia, Italy. She is a member of The Sonoran Art League and Arizona Watercolor Association.


"I have always loved to paint underwater scenes because water represents movement and fluidity, and yet, it also has a mysterious quality. Water takes turns and restarts. I often start an underwater painting without knowing where it's going to go or how it's going to end up."