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Beth DuShane Farmer (1925-2003) was always drawing as a child. As a teenager she copied Audubon’s birds right out of the book. Because of her free-hand ability, she was recruited as a technical illustrator for Boeing during the war. She continued to study in watercolors, and oil then discovered printmaking which had recently emerged in the 1960s. Also known as serigraphy -- it is the process of forcing paint onto paper using a silk screen. Each color is applied separately using individual hand-stenciled screens. Many layers of ink squeezed onto the paper in succession create the finished image.

Farmer found inspiration everywhere, at home or on travels, always documenting her observations with sketches and photography. Farmer started creating stencils via a free-hand exploration of color, shape and texture, often using materials like lace for a collage effect. She also applied the technique of photosensitive emulsion or photo-reactive stenciling for a illustrative effect.  She loved experimenting with color and placement variations, creating the same image in multiple color stories.

Farmer resided in Whittier, California. Throughout the 1970s, she earned many awards for her work, and gained a reputation as teacher, and authority on serigraphy, even guest appearing on a TV program about the various mediums of fine art. Her prolific career as a serigrapher and lecturer subsided in 1984, when she retired to Sonoma, California.

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Disclaimer:

 All prints are non-framed produced with Acrylic paint on various grades of paper. Dimensions are image size, paper sizes vary.

 If there is a blemish/flaw, we try to note that in the description.  Ask about other possible color versions. The limited numbers of prints, the intricacy of design/layers of ink, or quality can all impact the price. Please ask questions, and we will try to answer them.

Signed, the Farmer’s Granddaughter!