During the month of June and July, the Artists' Place Gallery at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will be exhibiting the works of award winning artist, Monique McFarland.
Monique has had a passion for art as far back as she can remember. During childhood and adolescence, Monique won awards in local art competitions with her sketches of familiar faces. As a young adult, she joined an evening art course at the University of South Alabama. At that time, watercolor was the medium of choice, allowing her mind’s eye to finally create in color. After spending a few years creating custom watercolor abstracts for friends and family, and sketching the occasional portrait, she met a wonderful man, married, and started a family, making the decision to put her artwork away for a while.
After years of room mothering, carpooling and little-leaguing, Monique decided it was time to re-discover the God given talent that sat dormant for so many years. She joined a group of artists who met weekly at a local gallery and immediately started creating beautiful watercolor artwork, as never before. Only this time, it was not abstracts that were flowing from the brush, but realistic works of art. Beginning with flowers and landscapes, Monique then moved on to people, the subject she had been drawn to create her whole life.
The moment she completed her first portrait, she knew she had found her calling, her gift. Monique is able to truly ‘see’ the person she is trying to portray. While capturing her subject’s features, the physical traits that make a person an individual, her true talent is in her ability to reveal their soul with her brush. In an effort to fulfill her desire to work in other mediums, Monique expanded her work to include oil, acrylic and graphite.
Monique is now a highly sought after commissioned artist, working out of her private studio in Mobile, AL. Her artwork can be found in several private collections in and around the southeast. She was recently commissioned to paint the portrait of Tim Tebow by the University of Mobile. Monique had the opportunity to meet Tim at the unveiling, where he autographed the portrait, which was auctioned off by the University.
Born in 1968 in Landstuhl, Germany to US Air Force parents, Monique’s family moved back to their home state of Louisiana in 1970, then ultimately to Mobile, AL in 1979, where she still resides today with her husband, Jeff McFarland, and three children, Christian, Beth and Hannah.
Memberships and Affiliations
Past President (2014-2016)- Mobile Watercolor and Graphics
Alabama Watercolor Society
Portrait Society of America
Portrait Society of Atlanta
Southeast Watercolor Society
A Stroke of Genius Portrait Artist Forum
Represented Artist - A Stroke of
Genius Portrait Artists
Awards and Exhibitions
2016 Spring Exhibition at Innova Arts Award-Ashland Gallery Award
2014 PAPER Mobile Museum of Art
2014 Mobile Watercolor and Graphics
Society Spring Juried Exhibition
2011 BEST OF SHOW Bay Rivers Art
Guild 13th Annual Juried Exhibition
2008 HONORABLE MENTION
Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of
Mobile Spring Juried Exhibition
2006 3RD PLACE Alabama
Watercolor Society Juried Online Art
The exhibit will be on display from June 3 through July 29 and may be viewed, by appointment, by contacting Rob Bearden at 251-767-8362.
Please join us on Sunday, June 11 from 3:00 until 5:00 for a meet-the-artist reception and viewing in Monique's honor.