(Wilson) Lee Farley has been featured twice in American Artist Magazine and once in Folk Art Treasures Magazine. His Scratchboard original 'Cabin Fever' (Now in the permanent collection of the University of Virginia's Health Science Center) was featured in the college art text 'Scratchboard for Illustration'. He has four prints that were marketed by Leslie Levy Fine Art/Publishing and later by Balangiers Designs in New York, Atlanta and High Point. He has designed brochure covers, annual report covers, and posters, and has illustrated articles for national magazines such as Law Practice Management Magazine. He continues to do solo exhibits at museums, civic centers, etc. and commissions. His work is in both private and public collections including a 6 panel mural for ABB Inc. (formally Westinghouse). Lee is now working on large originals and has completed his first painting of a parable from the New Testement of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10, 30-37). He is also experimenting with digital art which is featured on this website.
Lee's work is done on scratchboard and clayboard. The scratchboard technique came into popularity at the turn of the century as a more economical way to illustrate textbooks than the use of etchings or engravings. Old texts contain scratchboards that more closely resemble woodcuts. The technique begins with a special board coated with a thin layer of porcelain. Student grade boards are coated with coarser materials, making them less forgiving of mistakes and actually more difficult to work with. It is also possible to do scratchboard on the newer Clayboard product (http://www.ampersandart.com/). The board can be purchased pre-inked all over with black. Since I use a lot of airbrush in my skies and other smooth areas, I prefer the white board. This method renders the finished product with a less 'scratchboardy' apperance and at first glance one may not think it is a real scratchboard. Once the drawing is sketched in, whole areas of color are blocked in, either with a brush or with a masking material called frisket, and an airbrush. After the color has dried, details are scraped or scratched off with razor sharp tools. Scratchboard technique is very apparent in tree bark, grasses, foliage, hair, etc.. My style is very realistic in detailing and rather surrealistic in my use of color.