RAW ARTIST SHEILA FARR TELLS US A BIT ABOUT HER WORK. SEE SHEILA'S PAINTINGS LIVE AT THE SANTA MONICA RAW SHOWCASE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH. 


Tell us about your start as an artist. 
My memories don’t reach as far back as when I started as an artist; I only remember drawing at a young age and never stopping…ever. In high school, Art was the only class I ever went to, and the only A I ever got. I knew from early on that I wanted to do something with art, it has always been a stable thing that I could rely onmy friend and my escape. 

From start to finish, explain your process.
A day of art making usually starts with a shower. Then I set up some materials and models or photographs to draw from. Depending on what I am doing, I usually start a piece and I don’t stop working until something stops me, like hunger or my bladder. 

What sort of techniques do you most like working with? 
I don’t like the word technique, its too technical for me. I pick up materials and use them. Usually I have no idea where I am going, and I just play and experiment until I create some sort of artistic "crevice" that I can fit my brain into and call it mine. 

Do you engage in, or draw inspiration from, any other forms of art? 
Everything is my inspiration, depending on my mood anything can trigger a tornado of ideas in my noodle. Right now, my main focus is the mind, mainly my own, as I observe it from the outside. I am extremely fascinated at the directions it takes, as well as the struggles I force upon myself. I am passionate about all creative outlets. Sculpture, painting, photography, music, drawing, everything. Even though I have little skill in other areas, I really love getting lost. 

Are there any specific reoccurring themes or subjects that you explore most in your work? 
To me I see very little in my art that is reoccurring or that makes a pattern. It's like a jumble of work that is a reflection of myself and my struggles at the time, whether they be good or bad.