Following graduation from Yale, Ferris attended the Pratt School of Architecture and received an M.F.A. from Indiana University. His first show was held in 1966, and since that time he has had a number of solo exhibitions and has also participated in group shows throughout the United States. In 1977 Ferris exhibited highly detailed renderings of the Vermont woods where he lives. Yet, despite their photographic quality, Ferris's scenes are imaginary visions. Through viewpoint and scale he suggests that unseen actors play a part in the scenes he creates.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)