Olive Farrell grew up in Kilkenny, Ireland – a place of wild beauty where her aesthetics for art and nature developed. Known for her landscapes and brilliant abstracts, Farrell is an avid “Plein Air” painter, capturing art on location among pastures, farm equipment and bends in the road. She draws much of her visual stimulation from the beautiful Catskill Mountain region of New York, and her emotional inspiration from within.
Farrell is a master of the brush and pallet knife, formulating dynamic colors, texture, and depth in her paintings. She loves oils, the texture of the paint, the way her heart moves the brush, and how something can be created from a blank canvas. She especially loves the joy of seeing a person’s reaction to her work. “Painting plein air is my passion,” says Farrell. When painting on location, everything you experience out there both physically and emotionally becomes a part of the painting. She has studied with well-known painters including Vincent Crotty, who joins her every year for Irish Arts Week in the Catskill Mountains.