McFarlane is a graduate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently pursuing his MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles. McFarlane had his debut solo show entitled Face Off at the Gene Siskel Film Center and has since exhibited across the U.S. and South Africa. In 2012, McFarlane was selected by Kerry James Marshall to participate in an exhibition curated by Dawoud Bey titled Eclectic Coherence held at Expo Chicago, Navy Pier. Most recently, McFarlane's work was included in a group exhibition at the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University.