Mary Ann Farley is an artist, writer, musician, and a teacher at her newly launched Art and Soul School. She maintains a small shop at Etsy, which at one time housed over 450 items. Farley is known for her iconic and whimsical female and animal characters, which have evolved over the past 20 years from simple, self-taught drawings into a fully realized artistic vision that has been widely exhibited and collected.
Her work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows in New York and New Jersey, and has appeared on both of her CD covers.
For a long time, Farley's art existed side-by-side with her music, which flourished in the 1990s and early 2000s, culminating in the release of two seminal CDs -- the much-lauded Daddy's Little Girl (1997) and the acclaimed follow-up My Life of Crime (2002), both of which
established her as one of the better-known and respected performers in New York's East Village.
Daddy’s Little Girl was a Critics’ Choice pick in Billboard magazine, which later that year included Farley in a cover story that featured New York’s ten best unsigned acts. The disc garnered widespread acclaim, as reviewers were drawn to the literary and lyrical influences in the songs, buoyed by strong Beatles-like melodies and Farley’s knack for lush arrangements yet restrained production. (She would later be chosen as Producer of the Year for My Life of Crime by Gannett’s The Courier-News.)
Her music career was cut short, however, soon after the release of My Life of Crime, due to complications of a longstanding blood-clotting disorder. It wasn't until 2008 that she began her blog The Drawing Board as a means to document the challenges of illness and chronic pain.
Mary Ann is also a noted journalist, having worked for numerous business, communications and
mainstream companies, such as Mediaweek, Rolling Stone, Capital Cities/ABC and daily newspapers in New Jersey. She also spent three years working as a full-time newspaper reporter, during which she won the New Jersey Press Association journalism award for her news reporting.
She lives in Hoboken, NJ.
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