Vicki McFarland

"I am rewarded by being able to express my feelings in a piece of art. I liken the experience to a runner’s high which many artists feel. To cross the ‘finish line’ as I bring a painting to its conclusion brings me the greatest joy."

Illuminate - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 66 in.

Vicki’s fascinating interplay and rhythm of transparent layers of colors spins the magic that kindles the soul. From early childhood, Vicki studied all forms of art; advancing to private coaching from a local portrait artist in her teens. She has an intuitive understanding that color relationships embody human emotions. Producing art at a professional level was Vicki’s lifetime goal.

Like the majority of female artists, she postponed that dream to marry, raise a family and hold a job. Her creative spirit began to take shape in 2014 after her children left home to embark upon their lives. The artist began spilling the stored images in her head onto canvas and paper. Exploring many options, she soon began to perfect her unusual pouring technique which resulted in her first show in 2015.

Vicki’s full-time art career, after her retirement in 2019, has gained a notable following and continues to fuel her dedication. Her work may be seen in many galleries and she has opened a dream studio in her home.

The artist embodies the spirit of inspiration.  From the Latin word “inspirare,” meaning to “breathe or blow into” each of her unique pieces carries the breath of a moment well lived.  Living inside this inspiration, Vicki continues to explore new mediums and materials. One of her favorite substrates is stone paper (an environmentally friendly mineral-based material made without trees, water and chlorine) with which she produces transparent, subtle, sensual paintings. Students flock to her classes to experiment with the nuances this material provides.

Vicki uses her skillful hands and body to manipulate the flow of the paint. She loses herself in the music she has carefully selected, as her distinctive and ebullient images flow with abandon. Her mantra is “don’t die with your music still in you.”

Peruvian Orchid - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Stories of my youth, Volume 1 - Acrylic on canvas 44 x 44 in.
Lakeside #3, Beachwaves - Acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 in.
Smell of the Rain - Acrylic on linen 44 x 60 in. (Part of my Lakeside series)

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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