Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Saratoga Serendade

 Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.

In 2013 Ferguson produced a series of paintings from Saratoga, hence Saratoga Serenade.   

Visually, Saratoga is so full of worthy subjects that it was impossible to keep up with all the ideas it inspired. While it was repairing to have an opportunity to relax outside of the city, Saratoga kept me on a farmer’s schedule - awakening early so as not to miss the horses working out - and working even harder once the race days began, because I didn’t want to miss a moment of it. I think most people up there felt the same way.

Her prints area available at and are very reasonably priced.

The entire series was published on the Jockey Club's website "America's Best Racing" in 2013, which you can see here:

This print is part of the series OUT OF LUCK, based on HBO's show Luck. OUT OF LUCK is written by one of Luck's head writers and consultants, John Perrotta and illustrated by Jen Ferguson.

See them here.

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