Dede Farrar earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 1999. Farrar was born in Omaha, Nebraska but calls the Black Hills her home. She loves to travel especially throughout the Western United States with its mountains, badlands, plains, and all of the wildlife and scenery and special subject matter that goes with it.
Farrar works primarily with acrylics and some mixed media. Her early success with watercolor lead her to try the water based media of acrylic that dries quickly complimenting her fairly speedy production pace. Before entering graduate art school Farrar won $1,000 worth of acrylic paints and mediums from the Liquitex company and from then on worked with acrylics because it works well with mixed media building textural and color layers.
Animals share an important place in the world as companions, workers, and their health reflects human stewardship of the environment. The landscape of the Western United States with its colors and ruggedness further informs the work of this artist, as do the special cultural aspects of the West including ranching, geology, paleontology and Native American tribes.
The artist's goal is for viewers to find peace, intellectual stimulation, beauty, and just plain happiness enjoying the fruits of her artistic labors.