Heidi Farr was born in Spokane, Washington in 1983. Being the only daughter of a prominent local sign-painter, Heidi loved watching the care and detail her father took in creating hand-painted signs for community businesses. She’d spend hours watching him in their home shop take a raw piece of wood and turn it into something polished, demanding attention of whomever happened by. When delivering the finished product, they’d talk about other signs they’d see and talk about what could be done to improve it. With her father’s sense of humor and Boomer upbringing, they’d watch classic Warner Brothers pen-and-ink cartoons and discuss line, shape, negative space, composition, historical context, color, and facial expressions. Naturally, Heidi found refuge and growth in the two-dimensional arts throughout her childhood.
Her hobby transformed into a sort of therapy following her graduation from WSU in Speech and Hearing Sciences when the stresses of graduate school and real-world employment came to a head. She found that drawing helped her cope with some of the heart-breaking backgrounds of her neediest students. Occasionally, drawing was the only thing that soothed her broken heart at the end of a trying day.
The years stretched on, and Heidi dabbled in various 2D media. She created the occasional drawing or painting for family and friends. One spring, Heidi and her husband, Ken, adopted a cat from Partners for Pets. P4P holds an annual fundraiser and silent auction, so Heidi offered to donate an original painting of one of the shelter favorites for the auction in 2015. It became a popular piece at the event; so much so that other attendees asked if she had a website where they could view her work. Having never considered the possibility of taking her art professionally, no such website existed. But a seed was planted, and private commissions came flooding in.
Fast-forward to Spring 2018. Having dabbled between pet portraits, illustrations, graphic design, and fine art, Heidi finally landed on pet portraits as the primary genre of focus in her business. She’s open to other genres as commissions, should the opportunity present itself, but pet portraits will remain in the spotlight.
Heidi resides in Millwood with her husband, daughter, one more baby on the way (due in September 2018), and two cats.