McFarland is inspired by the complexities of imagery and making visible the actions of the creative process. An emphasis is placed on the revelations that occur through the act of looking. Importance is placed on the process of the sustained gaze, the checking out of assumptions and making sense of relationships in terms of time and space.

Her work plays with ideas of acting out, repetition and revision, the processes involved evoking links and relationships between composing elements. She is constantly drawn to disturbances in the surfaces of things, surfaces that might physically move the viewer in closer. The qualities of these impacts describe an existence in the world, playing with ideas of a ‘wearing out’ and a ‘holding together.’