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Lynn Farrar, mostly known for her brilliant aspen paintings, has been creating art professionally for about 28 years. Marriage and children took priority for many years (two sons who are now grown and married with families of their own) and other interesting diversions along the way have led her to being a full time artist today. "I've wrapped meat, cleaned houses, had a landscape business, babysat, waited tables, and taken care of horses," says Farrar, to subsidize her art business where, after graduating from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in music, she has worked as a graphic artist, advertising director, and on movie sets. The film work has included storyboards, and painting backdrops as large as 40 feet by 160 feet! She has painted sets large and small for films such as "A Life Less Ordinary", "Chill Factor", and "Testaments."
As a scenic artist and backdrop painter, Lynn works with a lot of different textures and glazes, which she incorporates into her paintings. "I find that they substantially increase the quality and interest of the work." Farrar applies paint, using layers and texture, showing bits of color, finding this to be as important as the subject.
"I've been an illustrator and also completed many commissioned portraits and other paintings," notes Farrar. Her murals can be found in many of the Intermountain Healthcare facilities including in Burley, Idaho, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Lincoln School Health Center, and most recently, Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as in many private homes. Most of her murals are for children and so they are on the whimsical side, although others are landscapes and seascapes.
Most notably, the Springville Art Museum purchased one of Lynn's large aspen pieces for its permanent collection. Farrar recently received a substantial artist grant from Berkhana Foundation and has won other awards as well. A long list of collectors and clients from around the world as far away as New Zealand includes Novell Corporation, the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee, the Boy Scouts of America, the John Denver Celebrity Ski Classic and many others.
"I've watched my sister paint and draw my whole life," says her sister, Cynthia. "I remember her drawing skater Peggy Fleming during the 1968 Winter Games. I have watched Lynn make sacrifices to develop her art career and I opened the gallery primarily to show her work."
Among Farrar's paintings one can find cats going down ski slopes in boats, trios of cows jumping over the moon, and motorists with headlights traversing sandbox-like hills and dales. On the serious side, besides her aspens, Lynn paints seascapes, structures, mostly older homes and farms, the vanishing Utah water ditches and pastoral scenes, and people doing all sorts of activities, including golfing, swimming or fishing in the Provo River, and bathing on the Mediterranean.
Lynn usually works in her comfortable home studio, but she paints pleine-aire as well. One of her strengths and unique qualities as an artist is her several strong styles. "I enjoy variety and experimenting. Although it is somewhat traditional for artists to develop a certain style or work with a limited subject matter, I feel that if artists can't experiment and try new things, who can? I love to ask myself, 'what would happen if I do this or try that?' And then I do and I'm glad I did, because even if the experiment doesn't result in a salable painting, I've stretched, taken a risk. It's easier to do things the way we always have. But when I experiment, I not only learn something new, but expand my abilities. Sometimes my vision of what painting is all about suddenly and unexpectedly shifts. And that makes it all worthwhile."
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