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Ned Farrell is a Connecticut-based painter and calligrapher, as well as a beekeeper and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Ned’s extensive travels play a large part in inspiring his subject matter.
Ned started painting in a summer class following his sixth grade year, when the school art teacher noticed his love of and skill in art, especially his depictions of nature. During his high school years Ned started developing his own unique style, and won awards in various competitions, including one from the New Britain Museum of American Art. This garnered the attention of the media, and Ned became the subject of articles in local newspapers.
In college Ned studied with J. Cole Young, the Director of Fine Arts at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, among the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. It was at this time when Ned developed his wanderlust to experience different places and cultures throughout the world. To this end, after graduation Ned joined up with the Peace Corps. Here he was trained as a beekeeper and based in Paraguay, South America. His extensive travels through the forests, rivers, and cities of the South American countries demonstrated a more expansive understanding of color and scale, which he translates into his paintings.
Since then, Ned has always continued to paint, yet has also been an entrepreneur for the past 25 years. He owns The Bee Happy Co. with his wife, and together they have built a brand of luxurious skin care using products from the beehives. He has now moved on to also become a professional artist, focusing mostly on oil and acrylic paintings, and last studying under the tutelage of Eileen Eder.
Ned always has something a little different up his sleeve. Mostly a traditional landscape painter, his paintings portray the subjects as he feels them, and every so often they will cross over to the whimsical and fun, translating the natural world into nearly a storybook fashion.
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<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Essex Summer Arts Festival</strong>
June 17-18, 2017
12 Main St. Essex, CT