artist painting outdoors, by the Missouri river
This is my happy place, painting along a river in Missouri

How did you get started and then develop your career?
Farley Lewis: My art career began around age 20, shocked and thrilled that someone actually wanted to pay me to paint their baptistry wall – a mural of a local river scene.

Starting college, they told me “You can’t make a living as an artist,” but after my first year as a reluctant business major, I decided to prove them wrong, or die trying. So, I switched majors. After graduating I started a sign shop and design studio, which included paintings, illustrations, and murals. It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t know what you’re doing. Over the next two decades I painted murals in Canada, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East, and all over the United States.

I did other work, including 20 years as a pastor, which I liked, but missed working with my hands and creating. In January of 2018 I returned to the art world fulltime, doing what I had always wanted to do: capture on canvas the beauty that stirs my heart awake, and share it with the world. That’s what I do now; through paintings, workshops, and training videos.

To see more of Farley’s work, visit:


acrylic painting of a house in the background, with.abridge, and water flowing underneath, with a river bank on either side
Farley Lewis, “Hope of a New Day,” acrylic, 12 x 24 in; Acrylic won the day at 2022 Augusta Plein Air Festival
acrylic painting of snow scene with water flowing through trees, and river bak on either side. trees in background
Farley Lewis, “In the Stillness,” acrylic, 14 x 18 in; Acrylic, is one of my favorite paintings


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