Artist Hélène Farrar was born in the suburbs of New York City in 1974, to an extended family of artists, musicians and designers. On one heavy winter snowfall in 1979, Farrar settled into the sleepy town of Hallowell, Maine with her optimistic parents and older brother.It was a far departure from her young childhood and family lifestyle of local trains, authentic Italian Deli, and frequent trips to the MOMA. But after many years away, Maine has happily become her home. Farrar lives and works in Manchester, Maine with her inventor Husband Stan, energetic daughter Olympia and dog "Buddy".
Farrar’s approach to art making is one of experimentation and momentum. The scale of her paintings range from 3 inches square to 5 feet square and are executed in oils, encaustics and watercolors in varied supports including: canvas, panel, paper and found objects. In recent years she painted a permanent installation in a private home measuring 24 by 40 feet. Farrar’s artwork has been exhibited widely in Maine and has been accepted into numerous regional and international juried exhibitions featuring her encaustics, watercolors, and oil works.
Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for fifteen years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Italy, and England. Farrar has a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, a Bachelors of Art from University of Maine with concentrations in painting and printmaking, and holds a Maine State Teaching Certificate for Art K-12. She is a professional art educator and has taught in a variety of capacities including as an adjunct faculty at university level to preschool classroom instructor. She has most recently been on the faculties of the University of Maine and Thomas College. She currently owns and operates her own private art school in Maine out of her studio, where she holds varied workshops and classes. Farrar will be leading a ten-day painting workshop in Tuscany, Italy in 2017 and an art tour in NYC.