Welcome to the gallery and store of artist Janet Ferraro

About Janet

Janet Ferraro " Welcome to my website. I truly love animals. They have such a profound way of touching our spirits. Our relationship with animals has the power to transform our consciousness, nourish our spirits and delight our hearts. I have found that horses are brilliant teachers and painting them with the power they possess is such a joy. Capturing the magnificence, personality and beauty of an animal in a painting is what my artistic expression means to me. Thank you to all of you who commission me to paint your precious horses, dogs, cows and pets!

I've been involved with horses my whole life and have always been fascinated by their beauty, elegant movement and their ability to communicate not only with each other but with us too. Anyone who has truly loved and known horses will agree.

I invite you to wander through the galleries of my original paintings here and as you do, I hope you not only enjoy them but begin to get a sense of the passion and love for these divine creatures that went into creating them."
- Janet


Janet's multifaceted career has always embraced her creativity and love for color. She embarked as a clothing designer in her early 20s and started her own swimwear and sportswear company in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her original designs and hand dyed fabric blossomed into a clothing company that was distributed across the United States and exported to Japan, Sweden, Tahiti and the Caribbean. She received numerous awards and recognition for her trend-setting styles and tropical infusion of color, even being awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Hawaii in 1989. She devoted herself for nine years to the fashion industry and decided to switch her focus as the demands of running a business with dozens of employees no longer felt in balance with her happiness and life purpose.

Janet's personal journey led her to simplify her life and move to Santa Cruz on the central coast of California where she lives with her husband and daughter. The unique beauty of her new home combined with her love of drawing and painting prompted her to explore the medium of watercolor. Soon she was painting expressive landscapes and was a featured artist at the local Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Pismo Beach, California. Her original paintings have been featured in several galleries and juried exhibitions, including the Aquarius IV watercolor show in San Luis Obispo; Divine Equine juried art exhibit 2009 in Woodside, CA; Los Gatos Art Association Statewide Open Juried Show 2010; and the Open Studios Art Tour sponsored by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz since 2008. She is currently represented by Haystack Gallery in Cannon Beach, Or. and York Gallery in Santa Cruz, Ca.
Janet paints in pastel and oil and especially enjoys palette knife oil painting. Since childhood, Janet has loved to draw horses and rode these beautiful creatures whenever possible. She exercised polo ponies for several years and lovingly cared for two horses of her own. While she enjoys painting all creatures, she is now focusing her art on this magnificent animal. She especially enjoys her commission paintings of not only horses, but the people who love them, dogs, cows and other creatures.