J Ferwerda - Fine Artist

J Ferwerda

Zeeland, MI - United States

 
 
 

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J Ferwerda

Zeeland, MI - United States

J Ferwerda - Fine Artist

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About J Ferwerda

Everyone’s life is made up of little fragments of time called moments; the snap of a finger, the chirp of a bird, the vision of an eagle taking flight. They are all fresh in our mind for a small split second and then they may be gone; treasures from life that each person carries with them. With sketch pad, pencils, a bit of whimsy and imagination I have tried to capture the essence of those lost memories.
Drawing is a practical medium that can move people with its simplicity. It is language of paper and pencils rather than words and phrases. It is spoken by few and understood by many. I want the viewer to really enjoy looking at my work, to have a connection with the piece that may bring back a memory of their very own. The significance of each sketch is brought to life when the viewer has that trigger; be it a farm boy by a fence looking at the blue sky or a pair of boots on a dusty floor.
Having worked in agriculture all my life I am surrounded by pastures and fields filled with hay bales and corn rows. My work is influenced by this in many ways, yet I am still drawn to a world of western whimsy. My pieces are quick drawings that are finished in a matter of hours. Each has its own unique story to tell. All my sketches have been influenced by words, phrases and quotes that have captured my heart & soul. They are the end result of a year long challenge that I set for myself, to do one sketch or drawing
everyday. To capture a moment from my life and those around me in both sketch and words. A collection of memories not unlike a treasured photo album. Having completed all 365 days, I can look back and glimpse the moments of imagination that have been caught. I Remember where I was when I made each piece, the time of day, the scent in the air, the words in my mind.
It is my hope that when you view my drawings you will carry a small sense of freedom with you that you didn’t have before, that your memories would be touched somewhere in your past and you will remember something you thought you had forgotten. ~ J Ferwerda

Born and raised on a dairy farm in West Michigan, J. Ferwerda studied Fine Arts Painting, Drawing and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree.

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Three French Hens by J Ferwerda

 

Ten Lords A Leaping by J Ferwerda

 

Eleven Pipers Piping by J Ferwerda

 

The Frog Prince by J Ferwerda

 

Five Golden Rings by J Ferwerda

 

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You Are Not Your Mistake by J Ferwerda

 

One Step At A Time by J Ferwerda

 

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My Heart Is Big But It Beats Quiet by J Ferwerda

 

Heart In The Fence by J Ferwerda

 

Faith Of A Flower by J Ferwerda

 

They Call It A Thing of Wonder by J Ferwerda

 

Enjoy The Raindrops by J Ferwerda

 

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Give Thanks by J Ferwerda

 

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Shared Light by J Ferwerda

 

Georgie by J Ferwerda

 

The Sea Spell by J Ferwerda

 

Feathers For A Friend by J Ferwerda

 

Tree Stars by J Ferwerda

 

A Star Above by J Ferwerda

 

Shoes Of Horses by J Ferwerda

 

Fly On Free Wings by J Ferwerda

 

Courage Of A Lion by J Ferwerda

 

Look For Your Life by J Ferwerda

 

Bethlehem's Star by J Ferwerda

 

Quick Steps In The Woods by J Ferwerda

 

Listening Ears by J Ferwerda

 

The Lion's Stare by J Ferwerda

 

The Night Walked Down The Sky by J Ferwerda

 

Purpose In My Steps by J Ferwerda

 

Wisdom With Feathers by J Ferwerda

 

Wild Flower by J Ferwerda

 

Giants Of The Woods by J Ferwerda

 

Its Your Time by J Ferwerda

 

Four Calling Birds by J Ferwerda

 

Three French Hens by J Ferwerda

 

The World In A Frame by J Ferwerda

 

Feeling Gratitude by J Ferwerda

 

Childhood With A Sister by J Ferwerda

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