J.Farnsworth is a graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design and currently lives in San Francisco, California. Working primarily in acrylics, he depicts Northern California landscapes, both rural and urban, painting outdoors whenever possible, creating studies and smaller pieces, saving studio time for larger interpretations and still life work.

“Painting on location increases one’s awareness of the temperature, direction, and intensity of light and how that impacts what you can see. It also connects one not only with the land and the atmospheric elements, but the movement of the sun and the swift passage of time.”

Other prominent Bay Area artists he’s been lucky enough to learn from include Randall Sexton, Timothy Horn, Brent Jensen and Craig Nelson.

His work is owned by private collectors around the world. Recent shows include the Studio Gallery, San Francisco, The Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, and the Land Trust Gallery, Half Moon Bay.



1987 – BFA degree from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2016 – “Bold and Bright”, Acabello Salon, San Francisco, CA
2015 – “Alamo Square”, Bean Bag Cafe, San Francisco, CA
2014 – “Beyond Alamo Square”, Bean There Cafe, San Francisco, CA
2014 – “Around Alamo Square”, Bean There Cafe, San Francisco, CA
2011 – “Small Pieces”, Apollo Cafe, San Francisco, CA
2010 – “Yuba”, Katmandu Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
2009 – “Yuba River”, Apollo Cafe, San Francisco, CA


Group Exhibitions

2016 – “Almost Like Family”, FicSci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 – “California Agriculture”, Land Trust Gallery, Half Moon Bay
2015 – “Make It Work”, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 – Pop-Up Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2012 – “Farnsworth Times Two”, Mill Creek Studio, Healdsburg, CA
2007 –  “Pals”, Whitney Young Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


2016 Featured Auction Pick

2015 Featured Auction Pick

2014 – Featured Painting of the Day, (twice)

2009 – Honorable mention, The San Francisco Estuary Project Juried Art Contest





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