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 twelve, I won a statewide drawing competition for kids my age sponsored by a local television station and the "Jon Gnagy Learn to Draw" show. Top price was Gnagy's deluxe instruction kit.
In High School, I was assistant to the Art Director and won a weekend workshop scholarship to Herron Institute of Art, studying figure drawing.
After going into technical drawing for corporate America, worked 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 I entered 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 Vanna White and Rich Little appearances.
Notable Projects / Shows
Designed and applied graphics NBA All Star Basketball game floor 1984
The Original Colts Banners displayed outside Hoosier Dome, 1985
“Ghost People of Union Station” (group sculpting project), 1985
“Eclectic Modern” One man painting/sculpting show Jefferson Building Lobby, 1986
Props for City of Indianapolis Christmas Lighting Kickoff, 1987
Union Laundry Lofts Exhibition/Coalition of Indianapolis Artists, 1988
Props for City of Cincinnati New Years Eve Countdown, 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, 2009
"Highways and Brighter Days" Plainfield/Guilford Township Library, 2010


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