Daniel McFarlane was born in Houston, TX. He graduated with a BFA. in Studio Art from Sam Houston State University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Florida. In Florida, McFarlane was awarded an Alumni Fellowship and instructed undergraduate studio courses.
McFarlane has had growing success exhibiting his paintings. He has shown his work with the gallery Volume Black in New York City, NY. He was selected by juror Toby Kamps of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) for the 2010 Baum MFA Competitive held at the University of Central Arkansas in September 2010. McFarlane has also been included in exhibits at the Smithsonian Museum and the Faber Birren National Color Award Show. His work was featured in the first annual MFA edition of New American Paintings artist book, No. 87 as well as Studio Visit, Vol. 5 and 10.