Cobham painter Patricia Farrar wins award
PUBLISHED: 20:11 13 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013
COBHAM-BASED painter and retired school head teacher Patricia Farrar was recently announced as the winner of the annual Open College of the Arts (OCA) Richard Robbins' Award.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2012
Cobham-based painter and retired school head teacher Patricia Farrar was recently announced as the winner of the annual Open College of the Arts (OCA) Richard Robbins Award.
Launched last year in honour of the painter, sculptor and teacher Richard Robbins, who died in 2009 and was a long-standing trustee of the OCA, the award is presented to one person each year from amongst the 3,000 strong student community in recognition of artistic excellence.
I feel very privileged to be recognised in this way, says Patricia. My art has always been a personal journey, and consequently quite private, but this award has opened up a new view of myself as an artist and it is quite wonderful!
Despite having always loved to draw, Patricias career path led to her becoming head teacher at Claremont Fan Court School in Esher. During her time there, however, she continued studying art with the OCA, which offers access to creative arts education through open learning, and following retirement she became a full-time student.
What you see in my work is how I respond to the world around me, says Patricia. Sometimes, its a struggle to find that voice and I have to spend time getting to know the subject through drawing and listening. But I always know when the response happens personal control goes out of the window and something deep and intuitive takes over!
Drawing and painting from a studio in her garden in Surrey, the Australian born artist is particularly inspired by her adopted countys landscapes and trees, often walking her dogs in the quiet of Oxshott Woods.