Welcome to James Ferris Art

​I have been working with Scratchboard since 2000. I stumbled upon it while taking a painting class under the instruction of artist Helen Marioncu. I wanted to learn to paint, but the class was designed to explore other mediums to enhance perspective, and develop other techniques that could be applied to painting. Among other techniques and mediums, she introduced Scratchboard to the class.

​As she reviewed my first scratchboard, a Polar Bear, she asked if I had done this before. I told her I hadn’t even heard of Scratchboard. She indicated that working with "negative space" is commonly a challenge for many artists, and it seemed I had a natural understanding of this medium. Maybe developing my skills and techniques here is where I should consider focusing my  efforts. Upon her suggestion, I put my pursuit of painting on hold to explore greater expression in Black and White, and haven't  really looked back. 
Welcome to James Ferris Art, I’m glad you found me. I hope you enjoy my Artwork and perhaps one of my works can find that perfect spot in your home.   

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Warmest regards,  
James 

Previous events

On Location Livestream

The Dart Gallery NS, 127 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

Friday morning at 10:30am Atlantic Time, I will be going Live at The Dart Gallery for a walk through my exhibit Seeing the Line Not Drawn. I'll be talking about the inspiration, the process and the meaning of my work in Scratchboard Illustration and Linocut Printmaking. Tune in for a little Friday morning coffee talk. Here's the link for the Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/4670263659704420

Seeing The Line Not Drawn - Art Exhibit

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The Dart Gallery NS, 127 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

An exhibit of 21 of the most recent works by James Ferris in Scratchboard Illustration and Linocut Printmaking. The exhibit runs in the main gallery for the month of November. The gallery is open weekly Wednesday - Friday: noon - 6 Saturday: 11-4 Sunday: 11-3. The exhibit focuses on the use of Negative Space in these two traditional mediums, and how we can sometimes be led to "see" what's not there. "I like the idea of emphasizing that what is left out can be as important as what is added to the work. It’s a critical aspect of what defines the artist and their expression, and it’s a focal point for me when I’m working." ~James.

Curator: Jane MacDougald. Text or Call (902) 483-7657. @dartgalleryns