Julie Ferris grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area and moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2008 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. She received her BFA from SCAD and competed on the IHSA SCAD Equestrian team throughout her college career. She knew going into school that she wanted to ultimately pursue a career as an equestrian artist. With a major in Painting and a minor in Equine Studies, she set out to fulfill her dream in 2013 by starting her art business specializing in equine portraiture and other equine inspired works. Julie moved back to her hometown of Atlanta after living in Savannah for 8 years and is actively pursuing her career as an equestrian artist in her new location, currently painting at a studio above a barn! Last fall she participated in her first solo exhibit including a body of ten works titled EQ: The Aesthetic Response. In September 2016 she will put on her second solo exhibit titled The Art Horse: Series I at The Grand Bohemian Gallery in Savannah. Some of the original models for her paintings are the lovely horses owned by SCAD that she spent so much time with while pursuing her degree, as well as other horses she has encountered over the years and in her travels. As an equestrian artist, she finds it highly important to continue her professional development by both riding and painting as often as possible. Staying in tune with the horse industry and the art world helps her appeal to both the equestrian and the art collector. Julie strives for excellence in all of her work and continues to push the boundaries of the horse in art so that this incredible animal is exquisitely portrayed in all her depictions of it. She hopes, after experiencing her work, people will develop a newfound or deeper respect for the horse and equestrian art as a whole.