Mike Farley is a Cushing, Maine native who graduated with honors from the New England School for Art and Design in 2008. His photography, drawings, and painted cut paper work are inspired by his interest in the Rain Forest, biology, and growing up on the coast of Maine.
Farley’s work has been exhibited in Boston and New York regularly. In 2008 Farley's intricately cut paintings were chosen to be in a show representing the work of one notable graduate from each art school in the Boston area ("... It's expertly made..." Boston Globe 7/30/2008).
He was selected to participate in “Artist in the Arboretum” at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University after staging his own impromptu art installations at Boston’s Muddy River Park using seed pods and other by products of the trees and plants. Farley also finds inspiration in the aspects of nature that show up in the city. He is drawn to the natural shapes that show up in the streets and parks of Boston.
The natural patterns of both organic and man-made worlds inspire his drawings of creatures who are part natural and part imagination.
HIs photographs are taken with a digital camera and the images are not altered. As Mike explores the coastline, parks, and city streets, he takes an impromptu shot with his camera and keeps walking. Each of these photographs is the only image of what caught his eye at the moment.
Mike Farley, Collage Self-Portrait