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Welcome to my website! I'm an artist, an educator, and the owner of Ferris Wheel Arts.
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My work involves constant invention and exploration. Color energizes me, and so I want to use all the colors, and all the tools, and all the techniques. I want to play and pour paint and see the visions in my head come to life. At other times, I want to paint without a vision, and just see what comes out of me. I want to act, and then re-act, and continue working as if in a dance with the canvas and the paint. I give myself challenges, such as using all the leftover paint from the my students after a workshop on a single-session painting. I take on new, harder subjects, such as pet portraits. I take workshops to push myself to think differently. The process is what drives me.
Despite commercial pressures, I strive to be an artist on my own terms; to do my best work, and work that is authentically me. Accepting that there is no "magic formula" for succeeding financially as a fine art painter, that is the only way this journey will be a journey of joy.
I love talking about painting, and I love to help others with painting, so it is only natural that I love to teach workshops. Painting workshops are so wonderful whether I am the teacher or a student. The feeling of community while we are all learning is just bliss!
Thank you again for visiting my website. I feel so fortunate to have been given this gift, and sharing it with others is what it is all about for me. Please sign up for my email newsletters if you would like to be kept informed about new paintings, workshops, and other news & events from me. You also can follow me on Instagram or Facebook @JenniferFerrisArt.
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I believe whole heartedly that "variety is the spice of life." I'm happiest when I am not on a schedule, and I can take life as it comes at me; when I give myself time to think and have ideas and then act on those ideas. Many times painting concepts flood my mind way faster than I can get them on canvas.
I have a broad interest in artistic styles, and so in many of my works you will find a blend of abstraction and realism.
I started painting in oils in a fairly traditional style, but the first time I took a workshop in acrylics, I was completely converted, and haven’t looked back. I LOVE the freedom and variety in working with acrylics. Over time, the new medium transformed my work into a more contemporary and abstract style.
In addition to bright happy colors, I love yummy layers of texture, fun patterns, and using lots of different techniques.
For as long as I can remember, I thought of myself as an artist. Maybe because I come from a very talented family, and I always had the urge to create, whether cooking or drawing. My love of art is definitely influenced by growing up with a mom and grandmother who are both artists. I used to describe myself as a self-taught artist because I don’t have a formal degree in fine art, but over the years I have taken so many workshops and classes from extremely talented artists, that I definitely feel well-trained and well-studied in fine art painting.
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