We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas Farlow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucas, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
My art business, has been full of learning as I go. I had no idea how to go about making a business out of selling my paintings. I did have some guidance from my parents which was very helpful. But, in today’s world full of social media and online presences, selling your own art requires a lot of attention outside of just painting. A strong work ethic has helped me succeed. I do paint on a pretty consistent schedule. But, my physical disability and artistic motivation to dictate some of how much I can paint. I try to paint every other day. I have found that I need a day off usually after painting to give my back some relief. My left hand does also get really tight after painting, too. But, having dealt with my limitations my whole life, I am pretty good at gauging my working hours. I know my best working hours are afternoons and evenings. I am most creative and motivated. Knowing that about myself is very helpful in my success as an artist. I try to make sure I keep up on my social media posts and responses to comments and inquiries about my artwork. If I can, I respond immediately. They can come at all hours. I try to be clear with my expectations in dealing with clients who commission me for paintings and I am always honest, kind and courteous. If their commission is not something I feel I am capable of doing or it is not what I am proficient at, I will let them know right away.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My acrylic paintings have an impressionist feel to them. I have always loved the impressionist masters and I wanted to incorporate that style into my paintings. Playing with light sources and shadows is very important to me. With shadows, very rarely will I do straight black dark areas, they will be full of blues, purples, and reds or contrasting colors. Light sources are pretty evident but never focal points in my pieces. Most of my paintings are scenery, but, I do both nature and cityscape/street paintings. My paintings use a lot of vibrant colors which add to the mood of my pieces. Sometimes my cityscapes will be full of busy people going about their lives but other times the streets will be desolate. More often than not my cityscape take place just after or during rain or snow storms at night. Nature pieces are usually full of colors but not in the same way I use color in my cityscapes. I use more neon colors in my cityscape pieces to help emphasize the light and the liveliness of city life. I love painting natural places I’ve hiked to or want to visit. I was fortunate to have many art lessons throughout my childhood and into adult life. But, I’ve always been drawn to art. It was through great teachers and mentors who helped bring out my artistic skill potential and realize what I could do. It was not an easy road to get here. My physical disability and the challenges the come with that have affected the types of art I am involved in and how much time I can devote to it. I have learned so much starting my own art business. Through trial and error, I am still figuring out the best way to reach people and promote my artwork. It has been an ever changing process. With social media and using it to its fullest, I have expanded my audience and draw the attention of potential buyers. I have found that not every avenue of social media is necessary even if it is popular. I hope I can, along with my artwork, bring happiness, color, and inspiration to people’s lives. That even with my physical disability limitations I can create beautiful pieces of artwork and take viewers to places they have wanted to go to or never imagined.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend was coming to visit I have many places I’d love to share with them. I am not much of a city dweller but I would take them to the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still art museum. Or even the Denver Zoo. Though not in the city, I would love to take them hiking at many of my favorite trails in Golden and the surrounding mountain areas. Checking out many of the restaurants in Denver along the 16th street mall would be nice also. Showing friends where I grew up in Boulder and some of the best places to eat there would be fun. The Pearl Street Mall is a Boulder icon. I visit the Flatiron Crossing Mall frequently and I have taken friends there as well. I’m not one that gets out a lot for the city night life,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am forever thankful for the support, love and inspiration I’ve received from so many. My parents encouraged me to pursue my love of art as a self-sustainable career. After graduating from college with a degree in art education and not finding the fulfilling and successful career in that, I was given the opportunity to expand my art abilities and found acrylic painting. I loved doing it and people responded to my paintings. My friends and family have been very supportive and shared my art with their friends and family. I am so grateful to know that many of my paintings have found new homes all over the world. Lastly, I am so inspired by and grateful for the support I receive from Artlifting.org. They have helped me and many other artists with disabilities and or financial difficulties find their calling as an artist. I dedicate my shoutout to these wonderful people who helped me with my art career success.
All photos taken by Lucas Farlow