When baseball players retire from the game, they usually turn to coaching or pursue a career in broadcasting. But Blake McFarland decided to take another path. He started exploring his creative side and is now a successful sculptor.
McFarland spent eight seasons in the pros as a pitcher, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays organization and its minor league affiliates. After he suffered a shoulder injury in 2016 and spent two years rehabbing, he decided to retire and take on a career as an artist.
McFarland creates all sorts of intriguing sculptures, with most of his inspiration coming from the nature and animal world. He uses a variety of materials, ranging from rubber tires to wood and epoxy. His sculptures have found their way into exhibition spaces across the United States, while some reside in private collections.
“I love working with new materials and always challenging myself to learn something new,“ McFarland explains on his website.
McFarland’s wood and epoxy sculptures, which usually depict animals and sea creatures, are particularly impressive thanks to his exceptional attention to detail and the way he combines the two materials. Continue scrolling to check out some of them.