Jerry Farnsworth (1895 – 1983) was one of the most renowned portrait and figure painters in America. In the 1930s, his commissions included covers for TIME magazine and are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
He and his artist wife, Helen Sawyer, were also wonderful teachers and started the Farnsworth School of art in Massachusetts and later in Sarasota, Florida.
In 1963, Miriam was able to study with Mr. Farnsworth in Sarasota. This proved to be an influential experience and Miriam’s portraiture work blossomed. Had she not had so many other artistic interests, Miriam could have gone on to become a portrait artist in her own right after studying under Farnsworth.
While she was at the Farnsworth School, she rented L’il Abner’s creator cartoonist, Al Capp. summer cottage on the bay and recalls some of the best times of her life as an artist. Miriam’s mother and father visited her at the school to see the artwork and the beach.
Over the decades, some of Miriam’s “Farnsworth Portraits” have been shown, sold, or lost. Fortunately, we do have some very nice Farnsworth Portraits available for your viewing and acquisition here: