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My name is Bill Farmer.


On the home page you have seen just a few of my portraits. I have been creating portraits for the past fifty years using different mediums. All of the portraits I paint now are in oil and have the look of charcoal , graphite or chalk pastel. I work hard to produce a realistic impression of the subjects I paint.


As a note - In portraits painted using one color I use NO white paints.


In a lot of the works I have taken the photos of my subjects. Others were furnished and a couple were from public photos found on the internet.


People are the most interesting of studies and are constantly a challenge. My intent in a portrait is to capture the spirit and personality of my subject. If possible I prefer to take the photographs, taking numerous shots in order to find the one photo that makes the statement of "This is me!".

Other works in painting are in marine scapes, boats, and sailing.

Stained Glass is a second passion. My works can be view on my blog page:

I have recently retired from teaching art on the high school level. I have a BS & MS from Radford University, Radford VA.

Currently my wife and I reside in Mechanicsville, VA .

I also enjoy paint with watercolors and acrylic mediums as well as Oils

Rowing Out, watercolor

A watercolor painting of Long Hair Rick and his homemade canoe.

 Hanging Ballast, acrylic

There's just something magical about hanging out on a sailboat while sailing the Chesapeake Bay.

Dish Pan Cam, acrylic

based on photo by Jay Fleming

Just one of my portrait subjects . . . ?










Second Place, Oil & Acrylic category, Piedmont Arts Association, May 2015

Taken from the cover of the book "The Story". Permanently hanging at Rich Acres Christian Church, Martinsville, VA

This Mooring Taken, watercolor

Green Point Landing mooring field, Worton Md

He's Gone !, watercolor

Residents of "C" dock Green Point Landing, Worton Md.

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