I was taught to draw at an early age by my father, who was self taught and encouraged me to participate in art competitions as often as possible. He (Milton Lee Farley Jr.) was an artist in museum quality scale models from scratch.
Sometime before I was ten years old, I won top prize in a statewide drawing competition for my age group that was sponsored by a local television station and the "Jon Gnagy Learn to Draw" show. That prize was Gnagy's deluxe instruction kit which included a variety of materials and accompaning books.
In High School, I was assistant to the Art Director and won a weekend workshop scholarship to Herron Institute of Art, studying figure drawing (on Saturdays).
Spent several years doing technical drawing for Engineering companies. Gained experience in report graphics and visual aids.
Served as house designer and builder for a special events group for a couple of years in the eighties which led to several more years of free lance work. Various projects include stage and party designs, floats for 500 Festival Parades and Night Club makeovers.
Later entering into local arts, where I did a series of one-man shows and participated in several group shows.
I've done sculpture for public display, faux painted interiors (commercial and private), designed hundreds of T-shirts for screen printing and many special event displays including props for televised events.
Notable Projects / Shows
Designed and Applied Vinyl Graphics, NBA All Star Basketball Game playing surface 1984
The Original Colts Banners disign for outside Hoosier Dome, City of Indianapolis 1985
“Ghost People of Union Station” full size statues in scenes of days gone (group project), 1985
“Eclectic Works” One man painting/sculpting show Jefferson Building Lobby, 1986
Props for City of Indianapolis Christmas Lighting Kickoff, (Santa's Arrival) 1987
Union Laundry Lofts Exhibition/the Coalition of Indianapolis Artists, 1988
Props for City of Cincinnati New Years Eve Countdown, (Flying Pig for Midnight Drop) 1988
One man show of paintings and neon sculpture, Indiana Repertory Theatre, 1989
"Biker Betties" One Man Show of Paintings, Altered Image Studio, 2007
"Wheeler Center for the Creative Arts Spring Show" Wheeler Center, 2009
"Broad Ripple Spring Gallery Tour" Urban Optiks, Paintings based on old photos 2009
"Highways and Brighter Days" Works including vehicles, Plainfield/Guilford Twp. Library, 2010
Various Paintings in a Rotating Exhibition, Union Jack Pub, Speedway, IN 2011-12
"First Friday" (April) at the Art Bank Gallery, Mass Ave. Art District/Indianapolis 2014
"Mysteries and Myths" One Man Show of Paintings, Altered Image Studio, Avon, IN 2014
"Art For Beds" fundraiser show 2nd place prize winning painting / Primary Colours 2015
"Reflected Light" Art Show (A Midsummer Exhibition), Avon, IN 2016, 2017 and 2019


Indiana Artist’s Postcard Series Winner/Arts Indiana Magazine, 1989
Arts Council of Indianapolis/Indiana Arts Commission, Technical Assistance Grant, 1991
Best of Show, Indianapolis Motorcycle and Recreational Vehicle Show - Keystone Cycles trade display
2nd place DNR Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest, 2007


Specialized Graphic Arts, Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, IN
Specialized Computer Aided Design & General College courses, IVY Tech State College (3.83 GPA)
Adobe Creative Suite and HTML, ETI (Executive Training Institute) Indianapolis, IN