The opportunity to explore and experiment with techniques and materials across mediums is fundamental to my arts practice as a mixed media artist. Technically this is an extension of my earlier work, creating paintings using hot or cold patination techniques on copper to colour and etch into the surface, before completing the composition with oil paints. Design and composition are based on research and testing. Pattern-making, drawing and painting skills are all part of the process along with a little alchemy to keep things reactive and exciting! This body of work is a visual exploration of architectural elements and forms, inspired by a love of travel and the beautiful architecture of Cambridge, Ontario. Of particular interest is the emotional reaction triggered by the ‘built’ environment.
Upon completion of a Bachelor of Education, Farwell taught children with special needs for the Waterloo County Board of Education. She left teaching to became a full-time mother and began taking community art courses in drawing, painting, fiber arts and clay. A decision to pursue art seriously led to enrolment as a mature student in the Fine Arts program at the University of Waterloo. Farwell received numerous awards for artistic merit and academic excellence. Farwell is the founder of the Artists’ Critique Group, the BOX Art Show and Sale, is the General Organizer of that annual November show, and has served as juror for the City of Kitchener Public Art Competition, among other volunteer community art activities. The artist works in Kitchener, and lives in Waterloo with her family where she was represented by Harbinger Gallery. Locally Farwell’s work has been shown at BOX 11, BOX 10, BOX 09, Harbinger Gallery, Globe Studios, The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Gallery 96, The Waterloo City Atrium, Walper Terrace Hotel, Eldon Gallery, and Homer Watson House and Gallery.
September 10, 2012.
To contact Cathy:
address: 121 Dunbar Road South, Waterloo, Ontario. N2L 2E6