BIOGRAPHY

DEBRA   FERRARI

Debra Ferrari was born in Akron, Ohio in 1965. Her passion for art was something she was born with. At the age of 5 she won her first award.  She stayed active drawing mainly throughout her high school years because she loved black and white images. During college, Debra was deterred from following her passion as an artist and changed her major from graphic design to business. She worked in management during and after college. She eventually returned to her art and opened a small gallery in Medina, Ohio. In 1997, she decided to move to Southwest, Fl to start a business designing, painting and installing fine art murals for interior designers and architects. She received public art commissions at Health Park Hospital, Sun City and Space 39  in Naples and Fort Myers, Fl. Her business thrived until 2011. She and her husband decided to move to a small mountain town in Colorado where she could focus on her painting full time surrounded by nature. A common denominator in her work is that she is an admirer of horses, nature & fashion. Sometimes painted individually and most recently painted in union as seen in her H3 Series. Ferrari feels that horses have the ability to read humans emotions and thoughts. As a rider and owner of a Paint horse named Montana, she draws from her own personal experiences and research of the human horse relationship she has titled, Equine Alchemy. Oil paints are her preferred medium. She is a self taught artist, even though she did study fine art in college. Since moving to Colorado, Debra's paintings have caught the attention of many collectors. Her work sells almost immediately and sometimes even while she is still working on a painting. This has made her paintings highly sought after and increasing in price. Debra won "Best Of Show" in 2016 for her "Grand Apparat" painting at The Studio Door Gallery in San Diego, Ca. She was also invited in 2016 to show her paintings at Clatsop College in Astoria, Oregon. Ferrari believes in using her art to help people. She donates her art to:  Special Equestrians,  Horse Rescue Organizations, The Cancer Society, Human and Health Charities and the Darkhorse Lodge.

The Darkhorse 3/5 Battalion Series


My Darkhorse 3/5 Battalion Series was inspired by the brave Marines of the 3/5. In 2011, my good friend Maura's son Logan joined the 3/5. She e-mailed me a NPR story, "An Afghan Hell On Earth For The Darkhorse Marines" by Tom Bowman ( Oct 2011) about the sacrifices and bravery that this Marine unit suffered in Afghanistan in 2010- 2011. I was deeply touched by this story. As an Equine Artist and since this battalion was nicknamed the "Darkhorse" I was inspired to create a painting as a tribute to them. The 3/5 got their nickname from the radio call sign that originated from one of it's commanders, Col Robert Taplett from the Korean War. It remains their call sign today to pay homage to the Marines bravery in Korea. As a way to raise money to help support our wounded warriors Maura spear headed making posters of the first Darkhorse painting. These posters are sold today to help fund the construction of the Darkhorse Lodge in TN. This Lodge will be a retreat to serve combat veterans. In 2014, ( thanks to Maura) I decided that over my lifetime as an artist, I will paint a total of 25 original oil Darkhorse paintings to honor the 25 fallen Marines from the  2010-2011 deployment of the 3/5 Darkhorse Unit. I donate a portion of money from each and every sale of these paintings in the collectors name to the Lodge. As of  May, 2015, I have painted 4 Darkhorse paintings. When I have finished all 25 paintings, I will make a print of each painting and donate an art installation to the Darkhorse Lodge. To make a donation and support our veterans go to Darkhorselodge.org.

The Dove Symbol


In each and every painting that I create I always add a dove. Sometimes it is obvious to the eye and at other times it is hidden in the painting. While I was studying art history at Kent State University, I learned that the dove was used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. I know in my heart that it is through the Holy Spirit that I was given my gifts as an artist.

2016 - 2017 Exhibits


H3 at Two Old Crows Gallery

September 22 - 24, 2016

Opening Reception September 22 nd at 6:00- 9:30 pm

468 Lewis Street

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147


Art For Horses

The Pace Center

September 10 - October 30, 2016

2000 Pikes Peak Ave

Parker, Colorado 80138

Curated by: Rose Fredrick


Au Naturel

Clatsop College Art Gallery

January 21 - March 10, 2016

1651 Lexington Ave

Astoria, Oregon


Fashion ( the union between art & fashion)

The Studio Door Contemporary Gallery

3750 30th St

San Diego, Ca 92104

Exhibition opens: March 5 - 27th, 2016


Ferrari, Ferrari, Campbell & Stone

Group Exhibition

July 1, 2017

Ferrari Gallery

486 N. Pagosa Blvd

Pagosa Springs, Co 81147


Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

2016  The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum Inductee Luncheon

           H3 at Two Old Crows Gallery, Solo Show,  Pagosa Springs, CO

           Art For Horses, Pace Center, Parker, CO

          Au Naturel, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Clatsop College Art Gallery, Astoria, OR

          Fashion, The Studio Door Contemporary Gallery, San Diego, CA- Best Of Show

2014  National Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum, Fort Worth, TX

           The Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX

2013  Creede Reperatory Theater, Creede, Colorado

           The American Academy of Equine Art, Kentucky
2010  Invitational Show, Art Of A Woman, Florida
2009  Group Show, Space 39, Florida
2007  Invitational Show, Art Of A Woman, Florida
2005  Juried Show, Art House, Florida
          Invitational Show, Art Of A Woman, Florida
          Featured Artist, Special Equestrians, Florida
2004  Group Show, Naples Botanical Gardens,
           Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Fl
2003  Group Show, Naples Botanical Gardens, Florida
          Group Show, Edison Film Festival, Florida
2002  Solo Show, Syrah, Florida
          Group Show, Broadway Gallery, Florida
2000  Group Show, Exhibition 1303, Florida

        

Collectionsollections

Jon Bon Jovi

Health Park Hospital

Sun City

Space 39

Ellen De Generes & Portia De Rossi

The Beau Rivage


Bibliography

Southwest Art Magazine, August 2016

Clatsop Community College

WINK TV

Naples Daily News

Tropicalia

Times of The Islands

Gulf Coasting

Gulf Shore Life Magazine

The Fine Interiors of Naples, Florida

Fort Myers News Press

Gulf Coast Times

Gulf & Main Magazine

The Adverse Witness

The Pagosa Sun Times


Awards

Best Of Show, Grand Apparat, H3 Series  2016, Fashion, The Studio Door Contemporary Gallery, San Diego, Ca