Patrick McFarlin
Patrick McFarlin is a self taught artist, aside from brief stints at Memphis Academy of Arts and California College of Arts and Crafts. As a teenager from the south, he used the articles "Tworkov paints a Picture," "de Kooning Paints a Picture," etc. from Art News as a launching pad.

After encountering the collages by another southern artist, Craig Rubadueux, McFarlin began producing brushy portraits. He developed the portrait brush further in the nineties, falling into an open salon working style that he dubbed Pat's Downtown Club. The portraits that came out of these salons were exhibited at SITE Santa Fe in 1997, after which he took the project on the road in 1998 to Stags' Leap Winery in Napa, California, resulting in the collection and traveling exhibit, Stags' Leap: Portrait of a Community, made up of his paintings and the writings of Theresa Whitehill and Rod Smith. The portrait run continued with an exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2001.

McFarlin's exhibiting career began after a move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965. His first one person show, cast aluminum sculpture, was at Light Sound Dimension Gallery in San Francisco. More shows followed until he was derailed by Eastern studies, which he pursued for ten years. Back on track and back in his home state of Arkansas, McFarlin produced national shows of paintings and sculptures. He now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

(Originally published at stagsleap.com.)

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