Michael Farrar is a well-known watercolor artist in western Virginia, having lived and painted in the Alleghany Highlands for most of his life. He's know as a skilled workshop instructor in both non-objective and naturalistic watercolor techniques, teaching aspiring watercolorists the necessary tools to produce landscapes, water scenes, and seascapes as well as abstracts.
Farrar was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia in 1953. He started making art at the tender age of six, using charcoal on paper, and made his first dollar with his art three years later when he was nine, completing a project in oils.
He is a graduate of Concord College (now University) in Athens, West Virginia, with a Bachelor's degree in Art Education, focusing on studio classes. He taught in the Clifton Forge Public Schools for seven years, Farrar conducts numerous adult workshops throughout the region: at Roanoke's Studio School and Brambleton Center as well as at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center and the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and other locations for interested groups.
Micheal's non-objective watercolor work portrays his vision in bold colors and shapes, with power and rhythm that demonstrate the fluid nature of challenging medium. His naturalistic watercolor work focuses largely on landscapes (many focused on the mountains and valleys of western Virginia) and water scenes and seascapes off the coast of Maine, and any area or scene that captures his interest.
For pictures from Michael's past events, please see his tumblr page. Currently it has photos from the 2016 Boardwalk Show in Virginia Beach, VA
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