Mixed-media on stretched canvas
18″ x 24″
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a gatherer and collector, intrigued by found objects and attracted to all kinds of paper and paint—the kinds of materials that find their way into my mixed-media art. I enjoy the texture, transparency, and color possibilities inherent in working at a table full of papers, paint, pastels, and ink, and I like the mystery and serendipity that emerge as more layers are added. Most of my work is abstract, but it often has a subtle theme founded in landscapes, plants, birds, or memories.
In addition to creating and selling my art, I enjoy teaching collage, mixed media, and drawing. Regardless of their age or art experience, my students are always an inspiration and give me new perspectives on life and the visual world.
Susan Farrer is a mixed-media artist and art teacher in Silver Spring, MD. Her interests and skills have developed over many years through practice and studies in collage, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, pastels, and fiber arts. Her art explorations have included week-long or longer programs at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Pennsylvania, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Brookfield Craft Center in Connecticut, as well as local classes and workshops.
In addition to creating and selling her own art, Susan has taught collage, mixed media, and drawing at senior living communities, memory care residences, a community college, and local art centers. These venues include CREATE Arts Center, where she was on the Board of Directors for several years. She also has taught small private groups and provided individual art instruction/coaching.
Before shifting her career focus to her art, Susan worked professionally for many years in publishing and health communications at non-profits, a rehabilitation hospital, and corporations. Most recently, she was deputy project director under a contract to operate the National Institutes of Health’s aging and dementia information centers. In 2016, she left her corporate job to travel throughout Europe, then focus on her art and art teaching.
In 2019, Susan received a competitive Artists and Scholars grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council to attend the Healthcare and Creative Aging Training Institute, held annually at the Creative Center at University Settlement in New York and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also, in 2014 she completed an intensive, nine-day Expressive Arts Institute at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
Like the bits and pieces found in her collages and mixed-media art, elements of all of these experiences have fueled her passion for creating art and teaching others.