Heidi Farr was born in Spokane, Washington in 1983. The only daughter of a prominent local sign-painter, Heidi loved watching the care and detail her father took in creating hand-painted signs for the community. She’d spend hours watching him in their home shop ad he’d take a raw piece of wood and turn it into something polished, demanding attention of whomever happened by. Naturally, Heidi found refuge and growth in the two-dimensional arts throughout her childhood.
Her hobby transformed into therapy following her graduation from WSU in Speech and Hearing Sciences when the stresses of graduate school and real-world employment came to a head. She found that drawing helped her cope with some of the heart-breaking backgrounds of her neediest students. Occasionally, drawing was the only thing that soothed her aching heart at night.
The years stretched on, and Heidi dabbled in various 2D media. She created a few paintings for her family and friends. One spring, Heidi and her husband, Ken, adopted a cat from Partners for Pets. P4P holds an annual fundraiser and silent auction, so Heidi offered to donate an original painting of one of the shelter favorites for the auction. It became a popular piece at the event; so much so that other attendees asked if she had a website where they could view her work. Having never considered the possibility of taking her art professionally, no such website existed; but a seed was planted, and the commissions came flooding in.
Fast-forward to spring 2017. A friend and fellow artist, Daniel Scully, was looking for someone to split a booth with him at Terrain Bazaar, a local art event. Ken and Heidi found this to be the perfect opportunity to take her art to the next level. She created her first series of mixed media pieces, posted them to her new website, and spent the rest of the summer at art festivals.
More than the art itself, Heidi enjoys meeting the incredibly talented and diverse community of artists Spokane has to offer the art world. She looks forward to seeing what great things will come out of Spokane in the following years.
Heidi resides in Millwood with her husband, her two-and-a-half year-old daughter, Jocelynn, and their two cats.
Please help us welcome Heidi Farr to Art on the Ave 2017. See more of Heidi’s work online and Facebook and then be sure to visit Heidi at Art on the Ave Saturday, September 30 between noon and 6 PM (live music until 10 PM).
Come down to East Sprague (1700-1900 blocks; Madelia to Napa) for a day of festivities that includes all your favorites – Visual Arts, Music at three outdoor venues, Food, Kid Zone and so much more including Sprague Avenue’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration which will kick-off to our 7th Annual Art on the Ave Event at noon.