Kenneth Ferguson Fine Art
When asked, I usually describe myself a historical figurative painter. I enjoy bringing “life to history” with my detailed, historically accurate portrayals of warriors and men at arms. Whether the subject is a Cheyenne Dog Soldier; a Zouave in the Union Army of the Potomac or a Dragoon of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, the unifying element is my lifelong interest in the material culture of the tribal and military societies of the 18th and 19th centuries. I also enjoy depicting the world around me with my "Wee Beasties" series of small paintings of birds, mammals and other subjects from nature.
Watercolor has been my preferred medium for more than 20 years. Early in my career, I began pushing the medium beyond the typical spontaneous, wet-on-wet approach in order to develop my own unique style. By using multiple overlays of paint and controlled washes, combined with dry brush and splatter, my paintings offer a distinctive approach that brings out unexpected brilliance in the pigments and permits a high level of detail. I finish the paintings with a clear, archival acrylic varnish that eliminates the need for glass.
Paintings are available through my home studio in Lake Geneva, WI and at select juried art shows across the country. Collected by art enthusiasts, watercolor aficionados and avid historians, my work resides in private, corporate and public settings in the United States, Canada and Europe. I accept a limited number of commissions each year and welcome anyone interested to contact me.