J Ferwerda Fine Art







J Ferwerda

J Ferwerda Fine Art

Zeeland, MI


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.


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


The World We Want by J Ferwerda


You Are Not Your Mistake by J Ferwerda


One Step At A Time by J Ferwerda


You Find Freedom Inside by J Ferwerda


Magic Hat by J Ferwerda


Sunflower Cloud by J Ferwerda


The Frog Prince by J Ferwerda


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


Wild Wind And Sunshine by J Ferwerda


Give Thanks by J Ferwerda


Friendly Hearts by J Ferwerda


Buckled by J Ferwerda


Dare To Be by J Ferwerda


Here Comes Life by J Ferwerda


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