About Alli

As a child I drew nothing but horses. As I grew older, my mother would counsel me to “please try drawing something besides horses”. To satisfy that nagging little voice, I left horse drawings behind in high school and never looked back for 40 years. During this time, only an occasional animal appeared in my work, causing a bit of a surprise when it did. My mentor Alex Vilumsons, with whom I worked 5 years in Los Angeles, insisted that humans and animals be excluded unless the artist knew how to avoid falling prey to the "cuteness" factor. This philosophy became the basis of my work, but had to be overcome when I decided, many years later, that I wanted to return to horses. Now that I have spent over 20 years riding and training my own horses, my childhood fantasies are reality and I now paint equine portraits with the express intent of portraying a particular animal’s personality and style.

I've been painting landscapes for about 30 years now, and have settled into the latest of many series exploring various subjects in depth. About three years ago I decided to revisit one of my most successful topics, water lilies. I wasn't sure how I was going to treat the subject matter, just that it would be quite different from the first series on that subject, which was titled "Echo Park". The new series, "Sky Pads", has taken off pretty much all on its own and so far has not appeared to even approach its final limits. The challenge stands!

My paintings are the result of thin layers glazed over one another; the underlying composition must be strong and the paint must be applied with a purposeful technique. Whether it is a portrait or landscape or rural buildings, I construct the image through layers, attempting always to create a sense of depth through transparency, color and light.

A little professional history...

Alli served on the board of directors of Artist Co-op 7, a group of independent artists who joined together to facilitate solo and group exhibits in restaurants and public buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. She was a founding member of this group in 1989. In 1993 she became a member of LAart, an artists' alliance with five galleries in the Los Angeles area, and in 1994 she joined the Topanga Canyon Gallery artists' cooperative. In 2015 she became a co-founder of a new artists' organization, Cass Area Artists in southwestern Michigan.

She has had work accepted in national and international juried competitions and received awards, including first place in the watercolor division of River Art, sponsored by Sunbury Press and West Shore Gallery in 2011. In 1994 and 1995 she received favorable mention in the Los Angeles Times. She has received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Oil Painting at the Barrington Art Festival in Illinois and the Chicago Botanical Garden Art Festival in 2019. Best of Show award was presented to her two years in a row at the Wellfield Gardens "Taste of the Gardens" art festival in Elkhart, IN.

Published books featuring her paintings are "Woodlands and Waterways" in 1994 and "River Art" in 2011.

Her paintings are in private and corporate collections across the country.

She regularly blogs about art, horses and occasionally some odds and ends on
Alli Farkas Artist Adventures.


Since every artist worth his/her salt at some time will do a self-portrait, here's an original ink and oil on canvas self-portrait which was purchased to form part of a traveling exhibit accompanying performances of "Menopause the Musical" across the country. I titled it "Honestly", because it's a painting of me with no makeup!