Mixed materials artist Blake McFarland primarily uses recycled tires and other unique materials to create amazing life-like human/animal sculptures. Each Sculpture uses strategically placed materials that are woven and secured, creating an amazing muscle-like definition of the subject. Each sculpture can take up to 3 months to complete and has amazingly detailed features. Blake loves being able to be eco-friendly by using mostly recycled materials to make his distinctive art.
Blake was born and raised in San Jose, CA and is proud to have his art showcased in local and national settings. Blake has sculptures showcased at prestigious locations like the Fiserv Forum arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, Quicken Loans Arena for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Notre Dame University, University of Southern California, Ohio State University, Clemson University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Alabama, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University and Western Michigan University. Blake has also done commissioned work for companies like Goodyear Tires, Lululemon, Hyundai, Nothing But Tires and The Sports and the Arts.
Blake excelled in athletics during high school. Blake received a scholarship to San Jose State University for baseball where he was named Rookie of the Year and First Team all WAC conference pitcher. Blake graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, achieved many athletic accolades and was on the president's honor roll. In June of 2011, Blake began his professional baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitcher. In 2013 he was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the High A affiliate for the Blue Jays in Dunedin Florida. In 2014 Blake posted a 2.89 ERA between High A and Double-A in New Hampshire. During the Fall in 2014, Blake did not allow a single run in the highly competitive Arizona Fall League. Blake was added to the Blue Jays 40 man roster following his outstanding 2015 season. In 2016 Blake suffered a shoulder injury out of spring training which he rehabbed for two full years before retiring in 2018. Blake now devotes 100% of his time to new artwork and is extremely excited about what the future holds.