David Farmer was born in Southeast Kentucky and grew up in Corbin. Throughout his early years studied the work of the best portrait painters of the day, assisted by his school librarian. He attended the Columbus School of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio, for two years before getting drafted for Korea. Upon his return home in 1963, David attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and completed a BA in English at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.
In 1969 he moved to Danville, KY and worked for the State of KY until retirement. David and his wife live on Herrington Lake in Boyle County, KY, and he is now the artist in residence at the Community Arts Center in Danville where he has his studio and teaches classes. David has a yearly one man show at the Miller Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, and welcomes new commissions.
David enjoys working in oils and acrylics and is fascinated by old buildings especially ones he finds within interesting landscapes. He enjoys playing on the dramatic contrast of angles and colors that this subject matter offers him.
Works by David Farmer can be found at Fayette Gallery, Lexington, KY; Old Crow Gallery and Maple Tree Gallery, Danville, KY; The Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.