Janet Ferraro

Top 10 Equine Artist

By Horsey Hooves

May 2022

“Janet Uses Oil on canvas to capture the beauty and power of horses. From commissioned works to artistic masterpieces, her portfolio is filled with pieces that use a special blend of brushwork and color to bring a sense of wonder and ethereal to each image. “

Heavenly Horse
‘Heavenly Horse’
Arabian Horse Painting
Commission painting of three horses
Commission Painting ‘My Horse Family’

” Her specialty is horses, but she enjoys painting other animals from time to time. “


Wharf to Wharf


Janet and ScottI was asked by the owner of York Gallery, who works with the Wharf To Wharf Race Committee, if I would consider creating an artwork for the Annual Wharf To Wharf Race for 2011. She liked how I captured the energy and motion of horses in my paintings and asked if I could do that with the human form. Having studied the human form in my life drawing classes, I knew that I was comfortable with the human figure and asked if we could assemble a group of runners for me to photograph.

As I photographed the runners I experienced a connection to the beauty and motion of the human form and felt this as I applied oil paint with palette knives to my canvas. My painting was accepted by the Wharf to Wharf Committee and is the official 2011 Wharf to Wharf artwork for the poster. The race attracts 15,000 registered runners each year from all over the world. I am honored to have been commissioned to paint Second Wind and plan to express myself in this expressionistic, painterly manner more in the future.

The poster and giclee reproductions are available through York Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA.

Photo: Kirby Nichol from the Wharf To Wharf Committee, Janet, and Scott, the runner who is depicted in my painting – at the York Gallery for the painting’s unveiling reception party, June 17, 2011.
Wharf To Wharf

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About Janet

Janet Ferraro " My guiding light as an artist is expressing the power, movement and sensitive nature of horses and other animals. So many of us know the beauty and love shared by us and the animals. It is an emotional kinship. I find great joy in creating a painting where the life and soul can be seen and felt not just by me, but the viewer as well. In creating a piece I often combine engaging expressions in my subjects that evoke emotional curiosity along with dynamic energy, life and spirit circling within the composition. My paintings are first felt in my heart and are complete when the spirit of the piece arouse a feeling of intimate communication. My mission is to accurately portray the equine form, combined with color, inspired originality, infused with living essence. I will continue to paint in oil with expressive brushwork, inspired by the vibrant animals that dance through my mind."
- Janet