BEAVER CREEK — Oil painter Sheri Farabaugh loves painting water. Whether flowing and moving like the Platte River, or dormant and calm, such as Wind Lake, Wisconsin, where she spent many summers at her family cottage. Farabaugh is fascinated by the element of water.
“I am intrigued by the patterns of flowing water, the reflections and the transparency. It is uniquely beautiful,” she said “I do my best to capture every ripple, splash, the nuance of colors.”
As a culture, we correlate water with life and the flow of change. We understand the power of moving water,such as that of a running river. To Farabaugh, moving waters are more interesting than the placid waters of a lake, even if many familiar memories are related to the meditative days at Wind Lake with her grandfather.
“Most of my paintings are of moving water because I like the contrast between the power of a stream and the wonderful, relaxing powers of flowing water. That’s why I choose titles like “The Force and the Flow,” she said.
Defining herself as a “realist,” Farabaugh attributes her love of the finest details to her past as an accountant. It takes many fastidious layers of glaze upon glaze to finally create the photographic precision achieved by her technique of replicating the moving and changing elements of water and light.
To enjoy and learn about Farabaugh’s technique, visit the Horton Fine Art gallery in the Beaver Creek plaza on Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. Farabaugh will be in attendance.