STORY OF AN ARTIST
I have been creating art whether it was drawing or writing since childhood. Encouraged early by my (late) Artist Father, Richard Ferrera, I picked up my love of wood being his right hand man on projects. Art became an outlet after his passing that developed while studying Figure Drawing in college. I dabbled in a variety of art forms; (school, wedding, and portrait) photography, mural painting, custom portraits. Working in management after college provided the experience and business tools necessary to take art to the next step. It wasn't until 2010, I decided to make it a full-time career and moved from New Jersey to Southern California to start the journey. Mistakes make the best education and those coupled with a welcoming San Diego art community helped shape my early path.
Local galleries and events with Thumbprint Gallery and RAW:Natural Born Artists were essential to those first few years of my career. In recent years my fine art series has been juried, exhibited, and awarded; locally, national, and internationally; in print (Artist Talk Magazine and Juniper Rag Magazine, both in 2021); fairs (2021's Mission Fed ArtWalk Little Italy and 2018's Art San Diego); and as the recipient of the 2020 Business of Art Scholarship.
In between fine art series, I have continued to challenge myself with a variety of art forms and projects. Through the Imperial Beach Arts Bureau, I've had the incredible opportunity to paint murals throughout IB and more recently branching out to neighboring towns. View recent mural work here.
As an artist whose work stems from journaling, creating and self-publishing non-fiction books has felt like a natural progression of my art journey and mission. I'm currently working on my seventh self-publication. To preview or purchase my books or the children's book I recently illustrated click here.
Whether I'm building on my fine art series, creating custom/commissioned projects, painting murals, writing, or illustrating a book, there is always the same underlining theme. As a female artist/mother and advocate for mental health awareness, my hope is to share healthy creative outlets to help build self-love and the strength needed to fuel honest communication and connections in this ever-changing world. Follow me on instagram for more in progress art, exhibits, and events @mdferrera
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