J Ferwerda Fine Art

 
 
 

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J Ferwerda

J Ferwerda Fine Art

Zeeland, MI

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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.

 

Quiet Comfort by J Ferwerda

 

Reach High by J Ferwerda

 

Sunshine Love by J Ferwerda

 

Be A Traveler by J Ferwerda

 

Let It Go by J Ferwerda

 

Our Prayers by J Ferwerda

 

Close To The Brokenhearted by J Ferwerda

 

Trails Of Adventure by J Ferwerda

 

The Nature Of Trees by J Ferwerda

 

Dreamer by J Ferwerda

 

Wild Thing by J Ferwerda

 

Pondering Panda by J Ferwerda

 

Calm On The Surface by J Ferwerda

 

The Peacemaker by J Ferwerda

 

Wide Eyed Wanderer by J Ferwerda

 

Over The Moon by J Ferwerda

 

How Sweet The Sound by J Ferwerda

 

No Matter How Small by J Ferwerda

 

Open A New Door by J Ferwerda

 

Give Me Jesus by J Ferwerda

 

Small Things by J Ferwerda

 

Watch Me Soar by J Ferwerda

 

To Wonderland by J Ferwerda

 

Dream Crow by J Ferwerda

 

Man Named Jack by J Ferwerda

 

Mad Hat by J Ferwerda

 

Deep In Our Hearts by J Ferwerda

 

Be You by J Ferwerda

 

Old Glory by J Ferwerda

 

Turkey Bird by J Ferwerda

 

Growing In To Hope by J Ferwerda

 

Words Of A Butterfly by J Ferwerda

 

Moon On A String by J Ferwerda

 

The Sea Traveler by J Ferwerda

 

Soldiers Cross Remember The Fallen by J Ferwerda

 

Sky Earth and Fire by J Ferwerda

 

To Live by J Ferwerda

 

Raining Cats And A Dog by J Ferwerda

 

Wise One by J Ferwerda

 

A Child On A Farm by J Ferwerda

 

Covered In Prayer by J Ferwerda

 

When Pigs Fly by J Ferwerda

 

I Wonder Why I Wonder by J Ferwerda

 

Your Never Too Old Or Too Young by J Ferwerda

 

She's Walking On Sunshine by J Ferwerda

 

Moonboat by J Ferwerda

 

Where can I go by J Ferwerda

 

Set Free by J Ferwerda