"Elements of Design" by Sarah Farrar

Sarah Farrar was born in Savannah, Ga. and raised in the small town of Estill, S.C. She holds a bachelors degree from Clemson University and a Masters degree from The Medical University of South Carolina. Sarah has also lived in Bluffton, S.C, Charlottesville, Va., and Greenville, N.C. She currently resides in Greenville, SC with her husband and two children.  You can find her newest body of work here

STA:  Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your latest series, Elements of Design?

SF:  It's only human nature to want stability, harmony, and a personal connection with others. We all want to love, and be loved. We want to do work that we are passionate about because, then, it doesn’t’ really feel like work, right?  These things for me are the elements of living a successful life.

My latest series titled Elements of Design was partially inspired by the beautiful stained glass windows in my church as well as some other churches that I visited in Downtown Greenville last fall. These wonderful works of stained glass that adorn such sacred spaces brought a sense of peace every time I looked at them.  

The work that I am presenting on paper represents the unexpected, the unplanned. As in life, we have to take what is unexpected, what is unplanned, and make it work. Sometimes we  have to “read between the lines,’ and other times we just want to take a “hiatus.” In the end, we tie these lines together and hope that it all comes “full circle,” striving for the end goal… which is “balance.”

STA:  What inspired you to become an artist?

SF:  Ever since I can remember, I have always felt happiest when I was creating, but what inspired me to pursue my craft further was the feedback that I was receiving after I began to paint 3 years ago.

STA:  Where do you see these pieces finding a home?

SF:  In a home or business that is contemporary modern or a mix of traditional/classic with Hollywood Regal.

STA:  Who is the subject of your art?

SF:   I draw most of my inspiration from nature, fashion, interior design and architecture.

STA:  How would you describe your personal style?

SF:   I’m pretty eclectic. I love so many different styles, but if I had to pick, I would have to say that I love southwestern and classic styles with a touch of contemporary modern or Hollywood Regal.

STA:  What style do you like the most or use the most?

SF:  I really can’t nail down one. Lol...I like to mix it up!

STA:  What does the creative process with your abstracts involve?

SF:  I usually keep a sketchbook handy so when I am inspired, I write down or make a quick sketch of my idea. Next, I create a color palette using watercolor or acrylic. 3-4 colors max. Then I sketch or freestyle my foundation on paper or canvas. From there, I begin to use gouache, charcoal, ink, and acrylic. My goal is to constantly find balance with my work, so I turn my abstracts as I create them. At that point, they start to take a life of their own.

STA:  How long does the average piece take you to create?

SF:  2-3 weeks, but that is subjective and depends on size and medium.

 STA:  What is your favorite thing to create?

SF:  I like mixed media because I like the challenge of combining different mediums to create a unique one dimensional visual experience that has multiple layers and textures.

An artist by the name of Thaneeya McArdle stated it best in her website when she wrote this:

“By utilizing the pure elements of form, color, line, texture, pattern, composition and process, abstract artwork allows artists the freedom and flexibility in expressing their world views and inner realities. If you want to fully appreciate an artwork, it's important to understand the artist's reasoning behind it, but a large part of the beauty of (abstract) art is that the viewers can bring their own meaning and assign their own context to an artwork based upon their own memories, personalities and life experiences. They don't need to know exactly what the artwork is supposed to be about in order to feel a deep appreciation for it.”

  I wholeheartedly agree!

STA:  How do you choose the colors in your work?

SF:  I am across the board. I lean toward colors that are bright and bold, but lately, I have experimented with cool and neutral palettes.

STA:  What materials do you use for your mixed media?

SF:  Acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink, charcoal, oil pastel, and oil.

Stay tuned for more new art coming from Sarah in the next few weeks!

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