Artist Statement

People inspire me to live life out loud, to never quit curiosity, and always remember relationships are everything. Photographing people is a way to bring all of my values to life again and again, in the act of making someone feel good, and the reciprocity after sharing the light.

Emily Farthing, Featured Artist, Eugene Dentist Dr. Dexter, Don Dexter Gallery

Displayed at Don Dexter Gallery

Independent Women, July-September 2018 (Q3)

Where do you find your inspiration?

People! My favorite part about taking pictures of people is making them feel good. For so long I was a model and felt hideous and not good enough behind the camera; now on the other side, I love showing people how radiant they are.

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

Biking everywhere! Wether the morning commute or heading out Fox Hollow, Eugene is a beautiful city by bike.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Independent Women
July-September 2018 (Q3)
This showcase features independent women that I’ve met in travels around the world living radically beautiful, alternative lifestyles. Today we are able through technology and economics re-locate,lie in multiple places, travel, explore more, work remotely. All of these women are doing just that. From Dubai, to Bali, and a favela in Rio de Janeiro, these women have inspired me with their intelligence, grit, and sense of adventure and purpose.


Emily Farthing works half the year in Oregon for the City of Eugene organizing cultural, community building, and active transportation related events. The other half she serves as a liaise for Favela Experience, based out of Rio de Janeiro fostering international partnerships within the favelas. She serves on the board of the Interfaith Prayer Service International and North American Interfaith Network. Her fascination in integrating secular government and interfaith efforts have led to the organization of an array of large scale community events from town halls on homelessness, to interfaith dinners hosted by different faith communities, and monthly interfaith services.

Before a life in interfaith, Emily worked as a fashion model in Paris, Portland and Miami. Since then recovery has been integral in her spiritual and artistic journey. She uses photography as a means to capture unique moments of prayer, reflection, place making and portraits. Her paintings reflect a more inward journey, giving way to poetry on canvas. She believes that art is an act of social justice and her heavy involvement in the community towards equity and understanding, is reflected in her work, and ability to capture moments that tell a story.