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Michael Farmer


Studio 9

The Art Farm Studio

1011 Norris Rd, Prescott


Mediums: sculpture, watercolor painting


Demo: creating fiber clay sculptures


I started my art career in late 2007. I was inspired to try my hand at watercolor by my mother who had been painting for over 40 years. She was an accomplished watercolor artist whose work I admire. A friend suggested that I try painting as I might have her genes for art. I started with classes at Yavapai College in the fall of 2007 and also have taken several workshops at Mountain Artists Guild. I did find that I had some talent and have continued to paint and take workshops to improve my artistic abilities.

I have developed Wet Macular Degeneration which has made painting much more difficult. I took workshops in fiber clay sculpture and found it very rewarding. While detail is important in this medium as well, it is easier on my eyes as it involves two senses instead of just one. My interest in sculpting has centered on birds & animals and I am developing a series of them called airheads which serve as stands for wine aerators. Some of my more popular sculptures are buffalos, giraffes, ravens and road runners. My work is displayed in private collections across the country.


My wife, Vivian, and I create our art in our studio in Prescott, AZ - The Art Farm.

I was born and raised in Illinois. After obtaining my BS in Engineering degree at Southern Illinois University, I served in the US Air Force for twenty years. During my Air Force career I earned an MBA in management at Babson College. After my military career I spent the next twenty years in business management and church administration. During these years I lived mostly on both coasts and finally settled in Prescott in 2003.

I enjoy many different subjects but basically, I paint what I enjoy and have discovered that ultra-detail architectural style is what I do best. As a former engineer and accountant detail is very familiar to me. Because of the detail in my painting subjects, I start my paintings with detailed sketches. I have taken workshops to try to “loosen up” but find that loose and I don’t get along. Most of my favorite subjects to paint have been landscapes, old cars or any subject with a lot of detail.

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