Artist P. A. Farris

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I am inspired by natural moments and informed by my academic background in ornithology and natural history. I strive to capture an accurate portrait of nature so I am often in the field photographing my subjects, especially birds, to capture their stance and attitude. I’m quite happy to have viewers “zoom in” to my paintings in a way that they may wish they could in an outdoor encounter with a bird and observe every detail.
I’ve recently retired from teaching biology at Pierce College and am now working on bringing my painting skills to the level of my favorite bird artists, especially Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Robert Bateman, Lars Jonsson and Raymond Harris-Ching.
I hope you’ll have a look at the results of my new artistic life - it sure beats grading exams and committee meetings. Thanks for looking and please contact me if there’s any work here you’re interested in.
California Art Club, Artist
Westlake Village Art Guild
Former member of Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Southern California Chapter (group disbanded)
Upcoming Exhibitions:
Past Exhibitions:
November 29, 2020 - January 29, 2021 "Welcome to California" show of the California Art Club. On-line exhibition, a painting of Sanderlings at Malibu Beach exhibited, titled "Surfers".

September 1 - September 30, 2019  Ojai Art Center, 113 So. Montgomery St, Ojai. Barn Owl oil painting donated to fundraiser to support the Ojai Raptor Center.
July 2 – August 30, 2019  Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center, King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, California.  I had two paintings in the Santa Monica Mountains & Malibu Miniatures, California Art Club juried event at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center.
November 4, 2018   Ojai Raptor Center Open House, Ojai, California. Paintings donated to support the rescue and rehabilitation of injured raptors.
October 31, 2004   Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Show, San Bernardino Natural History Museum, California.
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