About the Artist
Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates her own private art school in Maine out of her “Farmhouse” studio, where she holds varied workshops and classes. Her paintings have most recently been accepted into curated exhibits at the Cape Cod Community College, Fuller Craft Museum, the Saco Museum, the University of New England Art Gallery, and Twiggs Gallery in New Hampshire. Farrar is represented by Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, Betts Gallery of Belfast, Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. Her work as an educator has brought her across the state of Maine including the Haystack Mountain School or Crafts, and she will be teaching at the 2019 International Encaustics Conference.
My journey into “Birdworks” started about fifteen years ago. I was sitting in a rental car in a New Mexico parking lot with my dying Mother. She pointed out the window, “Look at those birds. They are just so lovely. Here, give them my hamburger bun and let’s just watch them.”
As they swooped down for their dinner, their flying and fluttering forms forced a moment of quiet and observation in an otherwise intense and painful period in my life. And so my first paintings of birds inspired by that specific time had begun. I do informally bird watch and fondly visit nearby farms for inspiration. These paintings have grown into personal meditation through process, narratives from daily life, portraits, commentaries on life and relationships, and a generous slice of humor.