Feehan studied art at Boston University during the activist 60s when college campuses fomented revolution. Against this background, his social consciousness sharpened, but, he says, “I was always more interested in art which gave social commentary.”
Feehan’s blue collar background in Syracuse, New York had offered minimal cultural exposure, so he had a hard time treating art seriously.
"Eloquence of technique," a thing which early fascinated Feehan in Hyman Bloom’s work, continues today. Calling himself a “technique maven,” Feehan says “Drawing is the footprint” in developing a piece. “I draw until I get the right impulse down; then, I paint”. This aligns with his conviction that “Art is a process of discovery.” Feehan admits, “I rarely begin with any concrete image.” Instead, he says, “I depend on the subconscious and allow my work to come out of the imagination.”