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could find, I must have had eight or nine variations of it and they were all different. “One day he happened to be in Dartmouth and I asked him if he could come and tell me which one was the most accurate to what he remembered, and he chose straight away. That was a joy because I knew I was going to get it right.” Things don’t always go to plan though. “It is a little bit painting by numbers and you don’t


quite a number of years,” Marc recalled. Although a well established artist whose work is


collected by art lovers across the UK, Marc says: “It’s never been about the money. “I realised a long time ago that I have to paint because it’s just a part of me, it’s a joy. “It’s always a total bonus if they do sell and a privilege because people have got to live with it every day.” Marc’s paintings bring joy to many others too, including one couple who approached him in the town and said: “Hello Marc, you don’t know us but we started buying your paintings back in the early 80s and we’ve bought one every year since - every time we’ve visited Dartmouth.” “That kind of thing has happened a number of times. I supplement my income by painting and decorating and if I turn up at someone’s house and see my paintings on their wall I say “I see you’ve got a couple of Marc Farrell’s there, well (pointing at himself), dada!” One of Marc’s oddest


commissions was from a pair of installation artists who asked him to replicate two lenticular postcards (images that change when viewed from different angles) featuring Greek ruins, for an exhibition in Bristol.


“It’s always a total bonus if they do sell and a privilege because people have got to live with it every day.”


“I did a pencil drawing and then a painting over the


top so you could sort of see both images.” More recently, Marc has become well known for his


series of homages to Old Master painters, including Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa,’ Simeon Solomon’s ‘Bacchus,’ and Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring.’ “A Scottish guy


commissioned me to paint The Goldfinch (by Carel Fabritius). He loved it and had gone to see the original a lot. “I had to workout what was the best printout of it I


necessarily always get it right as a portrait is very difficult. “Your initial drawing has to be right; if that’s not right


then it’s just going to go badly wrong. And they have. I have broken brushes in half because you’ve thought you’ve got there and it just hasn’t worked, and there’s nothing you can do about it. “But when you do get it right there is something


quite special going on and you feel a massive amount of achievement.” Today, Marc paints local


scenes in acrylics. One of his favourite places to paint is Gallants Bower when the bluebells are blooming in May. “It’s a magical place.” He also paints “little quiet scenes” of the South Hams, local beaches, the River Dart and Dartmoor. “In the last few years I’ve


really got into acrylic. It’s better for me to work bigger now – and my eyesight’s dictated that a bit! “Many of my scenes of Dartmoor are near the River


Dart which is a lovely feeling as you are always ‘home,’” he mused. “I paint to please myself because I love it. Once I start


a painting I have to crack on with it and I will paint until I’m bleeding, but if it doesn’t work I get rid of it, even if I’ve put a couple of weeks into it. “You never stop learning and that’s what makes it so


interesting and fascinating.” When he’s got more time, Marc is looking forward to


experimenting with oils. “I absolutely love painting with oil, but the process is something else entirely. It smells very toxic and you have to wait for it to dry, which can take weeks. “I’m just waiting patiently until the day arrives that I


have more time for it. “I’m so looking forward to it because the colours are


just second to none, they are stunning, beautiful, vivid and powerful. “It’s going to change so many ways of doing things and I know that it will be wonderful.”


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