Figures and Flash: Paintings by Maryland Hall Artists in Residence Kim Farcot and Sheila DeLaquil

Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor

Sheila DeLaquil:  Biography

Sheila DeLaquil was born in western Pennsylvania, and studied biology in Massachusetts and California. When she moved to Annapolis almost 17 years ago, she began participating in local art exhibitions, competitions and art associations. A recent award was a first place at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria. Her paintings have won prizes at the Maryland Federation of Art, the Baltimore Watercolor Society’s exhibitions and at many other venues . Her art work has been shown at the offices of Premier Planning Group in Annapolis, the River Gallery in Galesville, St. Johns College, Quiet Waters Gallery, Anne Arundel Community College, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Open, the International Society of Acrylic Painter’s Exhibition in Santa Cruz, California, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and many other locations. Sheila has co-owned an art gallery in Baltimore and has been a member of several artist-owned galleries.

Sheila usually works with water media on a variety of supports. Recently she’s been using mixed media including acrylics and watercolor crayons to create non-representational pieces. Sheila’s painting goal is to devise compositions that are original and exciting.  “It’s the adventure of painting that inspires me to paint.”

Artist Statement

I’m energized by the painting process and by responding to what happens on the painting surface. I sometimes start working by laying down paint with no particular concept in mind and then work to create shapes, patterns, values, color relationships that are exciting to me. There may be two or a dozen layers of paint when I’m done. On other occasions, I may start a piece with a pre-conceived plan, but honestly, so much happens on the surface that I inevitably respond directly to what I see.

My current series is titled “Problem Solving.” In this series, I’m working on small sets of paintings, and will often start 4 pieces at the same time. The starts are where the ideas begin. From there I make lots of decisions about the elements of design, and the overall feel of the work. When the pieces are nearing completion, I study them and think about how they relate to each other. Should they stand alone or together? So, this is what I’ve been creating. I’ve been enjoying the challenge!

Kim Farcot:  Biography

Kim Farcot grew up just south of Baltimore, in a waterfront community on the Magothy River. My father was an electrical engineer at Westinghouse, and my mother was a nurse.  As a child, she took art classes outside of school at the YMCA, community college, and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Her high school art teacher, John Habercam was very supportive, and encouraged her to pursue art as a profession.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the George Washington University and studied under John Woodward in graduate school, who taught classical and impressionist painting technique and color theory.  She worked in print design, outdoor advertising, printing, and spent 6 years directing a team of designers at PriceWaterhouse Coopers management consulting.  She also taught design at the George Washington University, as well as other continuing education centers. Farcot self-published a children’s picture book, and freelanced as an illustrator.

She is a member of the Portrait Soceity of America, the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters.  She teaches each classes at Maryland Hall, Anne Arundel Community College and the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program in the public schools.

Artist Statement

Among all the interests and aspects of my life that have changed over time, one has remained constant; the creativity of painting and drawing sustains me, fulfills me, and makes me a better person.

After spending many years in Corporate Graphic Design, I am thrilled to be an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, where I took drawing classes as a child. I have enjoyed further developing my fine art skills, and am active in coordinating the Figure Drawing and Portrait Painting Co-Op groups. This has shown me that there are endless possibilities in working with the human face and figure, and I am intrigued by the obvious fact that every human has a body, but few people study the natural beauty, grace and strength of the human form.

I love to explore how different media and techniques can affect the mood of the final art. The Classical and Impressionist masters are a big influence on my work, as well as modern techniques like alla prima.

Currently I am working on a series of pieces based on the concept of Secular Humanism. This is a philosophy of imagination and reason, celebrating human life, rights and liberties. It began during the Renaissance, when art began to part from alter pieces and paintings of Biblical scenes commissioned by the church. Instead, wealthy merchants started commissioning painting and sculptures of humans, or pagan gods. I am creating a body of work exploring modern humans of all ages and races at work, play, and rest.

My art provides me with immeasurable personal satisfaction, but the feedback I receive from others, and their appreciation for what I do feeds my soul and will forever keep me exploring and improving.