John McFarland Artist Statement
MMy art is largely motivated by my own desire to capture images which have special significance for me, images which evoke a deep spiritual or personal connection with the subject. This is particularly true for my portraits since I seek out faces which show the character and life experiences of the individuals behind them. My aviation art is driven by a life long love of aircraft and my background in metal sculpture informs my appreciation of the sculptural qualities inherent in airplane design. Because I have always loved to draw, I feel my art has benefited from pursuing that discipline since drawing develops one's composition skills and eye/hand coordination.
Finally, I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have been able to work with and learn from many gifted artists and am deeply indebted to all of them. A special note here to address the importance which my wife, Barbara, has had as the constant interplay of creative ideas between us is one of the most stimulating and exciting aspects of the life which my wife and I share.