Eye on Artists
Editor’s note: Farland Fish’s mixed media works will be on display at the Artist’s Mercantile, 720 Cooper Ave., through November. Fish will be on hand at an opening reception for the exhibit from 6-8 p.m. today at the store. City/town: Halfway between Glenwood and CarbondaleArtist statement: Recent work was inspired by a summer-long trip traveling by foot in Iceland with further wanting to explore even more northerly areas. It was helped by a camera malfunction due to nasty but beautiful weather. My photos did not come out as planned so the images were still raging around in my head. Artist background: Life began with a transatlantic flight to Scotland when I was 3 months old and that set the tone for the rest. Much traveling as a child and grown person seeing the world through eyes that saw color and shape and texture before content and context. Artist education: As a teenager, I wanted to be an artist and took as many courses in art as I could through my college years as well. I also was deeply involved in anthropology, mostly as an excuse to study ancient cultures. Then reality set in and art sort of leaked out into many parts of a life of mixed careers dominated by Nordic ski instructing and coaching. Shows and gallery exhibitions: This will be my first show.Family information: Scattered. The wind has blown hard when my family separates.How did you get started as an artist? I never stopped drawing, coloring and making things. What do you do in your free time? I spend much time out in the wilderness off-trail, running, hiking, back country skiing, paddling and filling my brain with what I see. I play the cello, I read to a third-grader in Carbondale and do trail work for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. I also love to cook good foods, eat, listen to music and read. What’s your favorite medium? I like to work with “found” things. Old picture frames from the thrift shop with card board backing, mis-tint paints from the hardware store, pieces of photographs I’ve taken in my travels. Who’s your favorite artist? Lynette O’Kane What or who is your biggest influence? The disappearing cultures of the world and their art which can hardly be separated from the rest of their lives, and their natural surroundings and mine … right now it would be the Inuit.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on the Artists” by providing clear, descriptive, and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark, at email@example.com, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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