A Little About Me & My Inspirations

Over the past few years, I’ve become more aware of the state of the world: The senseless slaughter, torture, and starving of innocent children and humans in the pursuit of power and resources; the pollution and destruction of the water, soil, and air; and the high number of people medicated for anxiety and depression. It can be disheartening to feel at a loss to invoke any sort of positive change. Again and again, I come back to our disassociation with nature, constant distraction, and the disconnection from community as underlying many of these problems. When I started painting seriously in 2017, it only made sense to paint animals. I’ve always loved animals and used to draw and write stories about cats, dogs, lions, etc. as a youngster. As I’ve shared my art with others, it’s become apparent most people connect with animals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, politics, etc. I spend almost no time explaining my work or inspiration to folks because there is a common, implicit thread of understanding. It’s time that our society focuses on the things that bring us together rather than the things that divide us.

I find myself drawn to highly detailed work. Catching an ordinary moment of an animal’s life and spending numerous hours recreating that moment with each tiny brushstroke of fur is humbling. “Mundane” moments make up the entirety of our lives. It’s special to make the fleeting permanent... and, ironically, to bring attention back to the importance of the seemingly unimportant present. Because, after all... that’s all we have.

Other than a couple classes in high school, I am a self-taught artist living in Eugene, OR. I use gouache paint on birch panels. My “studio” is currently a small corner of my home in a garage where I’m surrounded by plants and my three cats. When I’m not equipped with a paintbrush, I spend my time biking, walking, and gardening. I hope that my art can bring a little touch of nature into people’s lives, invite presence and focus, and remind us of the things we have in common.


photo by Emily Farthing (www.emilyfarthingart.com)

photo by Emily Farthing (www.emilyfarthingart.com)