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Thanks for the samples of your work. They’re terrific.- Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Senator

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You’ll Find Our Studio Friendly, Attentive to Detail and Concerned That Your Artwork Purchasing Experience is the Finest Possible.

We at the studio pride ourselves in the quality of care we put into every aspect of your special project. From listening to your request, through the creation of your piece as-well-as the framing and installation, we believe you’ll find it a most enjoyable experience.

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Commissioning Artwork and Purchasing Prints Now Made EASIER Than Ever with Our Friendly, Professional System!

Office w Mary Rose Client smWe’ve worked to make a very user-friendly site which includes both how-to commission work from the studio and links to our-online store with over 200 images available for prints.  Any size may be made–either original or printed. You’ll appreciate the care and concern we give to every aspect of your important project.

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Aqua Serenity, pastel on paper

Commissioning Artwork of Your Interest is EASY!

The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds is a fine example. Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard sent a request for ideas on The Battle of Abukir Bay that occurred 1 August, 1798. The battle inspired him to name his company after the British flagship in the battle, the H.M.S. Vanguard. Sketches were sent to him via mail.

From there the sketches were presented by Jack to the board at Vanguard and upon approval finances were released. After several months color images were presented to Jack by Michael McFarland at their corporate headquarters in Valley Forge, PA.

Upon approval final images were created. After they were shown and given the ok, varnish was applied and framing, delivery and installation occurred. One year transpired for the four images.

You’ll enjoy the process of commissioning artwork with Michael McFarland Studio of Fine Art–through every stage of the process!

A partial list of research techniques used on past projects:

  • Reading biographies on ship captains
  • Building ship models and placing in sand box for drawing reference
  • Using software to determine position of moon in period of time
  • Communicating with historian on the History channel
  • Communicating with historians from U.S. Naval history department
  • Acquiring a full-size copy of the original blueprint of the H.M.S. Vanguard
  • Acquiring and reading numerous books on subject drawn
  • Visiting the site and taking images drawn
  • Email correspondence with professional researchers

    Thanks yet again for executing a splendid commission.- Jack Bogle, Founder, The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, Valley Forge, PA

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H.M.S. Vanguard Positioning Itself, Battle of the Nile, 1 August, 1798, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

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H.M.S. Vanguard Leading the Seaward Attack, Battle of the Nile, 1 August, 1798, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

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H.M.S. Vanguard Rescuing Frenchmen, Battle of the Nile, 1 August, 1798, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

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H.M.S. Vanguard and the Dawn of Victory, Battle of the Nile, 1 August, 1798, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

 

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Detail of H.M.S. Vanguard Leading the Seaward Attack, Battle of the Nile, 1 August, 1798.

Thanks yet again for executing a splendid commission.- Jack Bogle, Founder, The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds, Valley Forge, PA

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Our Friendly Team

We strive to make your experience with our studio a pleasurable one. From design through administrative work and installation, your satisfaction is our goal.

Jody- Regardless of the size of the project, Jody brings her gift in the decisions of décor from framing through installation to each client’s interest with consistent warmth and professionalism.

Michael- Michael McFarland received a bachelors degree in Fine Art from Kent State University and a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Kent State as well.

Eleven years in the PR/Advertising industries and nine awards later Michael then pursued his lifelong interest in fine art.

Among his clients have been:

  • John C. Bogle, the founder of The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds
  • The Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio
  • George E. Walden Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System; William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, OH
  • The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA
  • VFW Post 349, Fairlawn, OH

Representing a variety of styles, Michael offers a wide choice of original artwork both in print and commissioned work.

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I want to express our sincere and deep gratitude for your donation of the very moving painting of veterans over the ages.- The Reverand John M. Schluep, D. Min. Senior Pastor, Founder of warriors Journey Home

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Michael in his studio.

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Jody and Michael

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A Variety of Artistic Styles to Choose From

Whether ordering prints or commissioning, you’ll find what you wish for at our studio!

Michael’s approach to artwork is one of the unique aspects of his career you’ll find in few other artists. “I paint not to create a career– I paint out of curiosity,” says Michael in regards to what drives him in his visual creations.

Since having sold his first piece of artwork in 1980, Michael has maintained his numerous styles and now has a sizeable portfolio of imagery to choose from.

Click here” to view his online store to see his portfolio from which you may order from. Though one size is stated in the site per image, any size may be ordered. Feel free to email or call regarding your specific interests. If you don’t see what you’re interested in at our online store, then commissioning a piece may well be for you!

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Niagara Rainbow, circa 1400, pastel on paper

Here’s a Sample of Michael’s Patrons…

  • Jack Bogle, Founder, The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds
  • Senator Roy Ray, former Ohio state senator
  • William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio
  • The Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio
  • PSI, Incorporated, St. Louis, MO
  • George E. Walden Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh. PA
  • The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona, PA
  • VFW Post 349, Fairlawn, OH
  • Warriors Journey Home, Tallmadge, OH
  • Coastal Credit, LLC, Virginia Beach MD
  • Blooming Tree Press, Austin, TX

 America the Beautiful

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America the Beautiful, oil on canvas, full and detail

Here’s What People are Saying About Michael’s Work

“Thanks for the sample prints of your work. They are terrific.“
Chuck Hagel
Former U.S. senator and U.S. Secretary of Defense
“Thanks again for executing a splendid commission.“
Jack Bogle
Founder, The Vanguard Group of Mutual Funds
“You are an extremely gifted artist, and I commend you for using your paintings as a tool to commemorate significant historical events.“
Rod Blagojevich
Former Governor of Illinois

“Dear Michael,We want to thank you very much for your generous contribution to our Fairlawn, Ohio VFW Post 349 of your beautiful Abraham Lincoln painting.

The painting will be proudly displayed at all our meetings and functions as we did at the Fairlawn Memorial Day Service this year. A work of art such as this deserves to be widely viewed and we would be honored to help you distribute prints throughout the veteran’s community and the Veterans Administration facilities.

We wish you continued success in you future endeavors. We have no doubt that an artist of your caliber will go far and we appreciate you channeling those talents to honor our veteran community.“

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Fairlawn, Ohio members, signed by: Bruce Killian, Commander Randolph Baxter, Sr. Vice Commander William Reuscher, Quartermaster Harry, Schwab, Legal Advocate Harry Donovan, Trustee Jay Musson, Trustee
“I…admire the historical accuracy and detail of Ahab and the Whale and the USS Constitution.“
George Reid
MSP, former Deputy Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament, Scotland
“Your generosity and support enables the zoo to display beautiful art pieces that depict animals in their natural habitat in such respectful and honorable way. The two paintings will be a wonderful addition to the Komodo Kingdom education Center entry way.“
Linda Troutman
VP Communications, Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio
“Governor Bush asked that I respond to your letter of November 14th…Your work is certainly outstanding, capturing an enticing rhythm, rich in color, texture and visual imagery. We would like to keep your information on file should the Governor, Senate President or Speaker of the House have future needs for a historical painter.“
Sandy Shaughnessy
Arts Administrator, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
“Your professionalism and talent are well-represented in your paintings.“
Linda Lingle
Former Governor of Hawaii
“The samples of your artwork included with the letter are magnificent!“
Bob Riley
Former Governor of Alabama
“I particularly enjoyed the picture of the U.S.S. Constitution.“
Thomas M. Menino
Former Mayor of Boston
“The samples are very impressive indeed!“
Robin Harper
MSP, The Scottish Parliament
“I do want you to know, Mr. McFarland, that I appreciate having the chance to admire the stunning attention to detail in your own work. Just staring at the “Battle of the Nile“ for a few seconds makes me ponder how this finished work could have ever started out … as just a blank canvas.“
Kathleen Sebelius
Former Governor, state of Kansas
“I want to express our sincere and deep gratitude for your donation of the very moving painting of veterans over the ages. The art is displayed in our atrium where nearly a thousand people pass each week. The art piece invites their attention to pause and reflect on the shared responsibility to our veterans and their families.“
The Rev. John M. Schluep
D. Min., Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, Tallmadge, Ohio, Founder of Warrior’s Journey Home Ministry
“You did a great job and you are a very special artist. I can see Blooming Tree Press working with you again.“
Miriam Hees
Publisher, Blooming Tree Press, Austin, Texas

 

 

All Styles

Sculpture

So Life-Like They Appear to Breathe!

From oil clay to bronzing, we keep you in touch with your sculpture project from patina styles to installation.  Your satisfaction is important to us, so we make extra effort to ensure you are involved in decision-making along every step in the process.

“Your generosity and support enables the zoo to display beautiful art pieces that depict animals in their natural habitat in such a respectful and honorable way.” – Linda Troutman, VP Communications, Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio

Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio, Bronze

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Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio, Bronze

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Akron Zoo, Akron, Ohio, Bronze

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Mr. and Mrs. Barnett, Ohio, Bronze

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Mr. and Mrs. Fishel, Ohio, Molded Plastic

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Historical

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Circus Maximus, Rome, 357 a.d., oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

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Over Six Meters in Length. The Incredible Circus Maximus Rome, 357 a.d.

Few concepts are as compelling and difficult to recreate as the Circus Maximus Rome. Lasting over 800 years, at its zenith of popularity it held more than 300,000 visitors–more than one quarter the population of Rome. Many rulers came and left their mark on the architectural design. Certainly it was a conglomeration over the centuries. Little remains of the actual building specifications, yet the land still remains today a dedicated area to the greatest game ever!

 

Constitution Sails

Lincoln Portrait Crop

 

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Landscapes and Flowers

Colors That Will Brighten Any Room

View Our Entire Collection at Our Online Store!

Click ‘Shop Our Store‘ to see our entire listing of landscape/flower imagery available for sale. You can merely browse as well. No matter-you’ll find what you wish for we believe at our studio. We are here for ALL your fine art needs. Call or email us — today!

The samples of your artwork included with your letter are magnificent!- Bob Riley, former Governor, state of Alabama

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Pridelands, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

 

Jaugar Painting

Lord of the Shadows, oil on canvas. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

 

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Seascapes

You can nearly feel the spray of the salty sea when viewing the watery images of Michael McFarland!

The sea is a favorite subject for Michael. “It should be, considering I was Horatio Nelson in my earlier life,” quips Michael. “The sea and I are one!” The view of land, sea and sky intrigues Michael and he paints the combination masterfully with every stroke.

Many more images of the salty sea may be found on our online store. Simply click ‘Shop Our Store‘  and you’re there! What could be more simple–but be careful, land lubber–ya may get a bit wet!

Your professionalism and talent are well-represented in your paintings.- Linda Lingle, former Governor of Hawaii

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Vigilant, watercolor. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

 

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Ahab and the Whale, oil on canvas.

 

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U.S.S. Constitution, 1 August, 1812, oil on canvas.

 

 

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VALOR

Serving Veterans through Artwork

No one more ‘cool’ than a veteran.

“Over the years I’ve enjoyed creating images that support veterans. Few subjects are more enjoyable. Veterans help in peace as well as in war. Serving fellow veterans and their families by seeking donations in public areas serves us as a reminder of the need to give not only to veterans and their families but to all others as well,” states Michael.

Veterans and their families are indeed the finest among us. We hope you enjoy the images on this page.

Salt Lake Installation

Eternal Gratitude, Salt Lake City, Utah VAMC Installation.

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Memorial Day, 2013

VFW Post 349 members, Fairlawn, Ohio with donated artwork entitled Eternal Gratitude, by Michael McFarland.

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An Evening with the Generals

VFW Post 349 Tangiers Entertainment Center, Akron, Ohio

During the event, Michael’s painting entitled Eternal Gratitude was on display and noted by the master of ceremony Bruce Killian, Post Commander. Standing next to Michael is Dan Hahn, Major General, USA. At the right of the image is Hon. Frank LaRose, Jr. Vice Commander VFW Post 349 and Ohio State Senator.

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Buddies Never Forgotten

2014 Memorial Day VFW fundraising image, created and gifted by Michael McFarland entitled Buddies Forever, oil on canvas and watercolor. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

 

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Michael with Buddies Forever model Frank Klein. Frank served in three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

 

A work of art such as this deserves to be widely viewed and we would be honored to help you distribute prints throughout the veteran’s community and the Veterans Administration facilities.- VFW Post 349, Fairlawn, OH members

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2015 Memorial Day VFW fundraising image, created and gifted by Michael McFarland entitled Home with Thy Creator, oil on canvas.

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Remember the Person, pencil and watercolor. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO STORE

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VAMC Appreciation Poster, acrylic, oil on canvas, pencil. CLICK ON IMAGE TO GO TO STORE

 

An American Salute, Mural, VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

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Final image and roughs for the Pittsburgh, PA VA Medical Center. Created by Michael McFarland.

Michael recently worked on a 100 foot (30+ Meter) mural for the Pittsburgh, PA VA Medical Center. There wish was to represent all five armed services and particular medals in a well-travelled hallway within their facility.Working with pencil and paper, sketches were created by Michael and presented to the client. Upon approval, each image was separately painted, scanned and altered as necessary on the computer using Adobe Photoshop. Once all images were created and digitized, they could be used in any configuration. Michael early-on realized this method would be best in that changes desired would be much simpler within a computer layout rather than repainting a composition. Also, if the client at some future date would like a different composition at a different size using the same imagery, this request would be easy to fulfill.

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Sample of images on the Pittsburgh, PA VA Medical Center mural created by Michael McFarland.

Sample of Left and Right Side

Sample of final left and right side of Pittsburgh, PA VA Medical Center, created by Michael McFarland.

The digital image was divided in two–a 15.5 gigabite right side and a 13 gigabite left side were received by a Pittsburgh printing company that specializes in print-on-vinyl imagery. One common use of this print technique can be seen today on city buses with advertising on the outside of the vehicle.

Installation was successfully accomplished on the desired wall at the Pittsburgh, PA VA Medical Center by mid-September, 2015.

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