Meet Artist Ford Smith- Friday June 25
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About the Event
As one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists, Atlanta painter Ford Smith creates his radiantly serene landscapes with a vivid imagination and skilled precision reflective of decades-long experience, classical training and education—and a curious mind that continuously challenges the genre.
Ford resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife, Cristi, along with their French Bulldog, Lola, and Boston Terrier, Billie Jean. They have 2 grown children, Brian and Hilary, and 4 granddaughters.Ford Smith’s artistic journey is one of inspiration, having returned to painting at the age of 50, following 25 years as Atlanta’s top fashion and commercial photographer--proving it’s never too late to follow your passion or your dream. His art career began in 1972, when he graduated with a degree in Painting (BFA) from the University of Mississippi. Fresh out of college, he gravitated to a job in graphic design to support himself which lead to an illustrious photography career. “I knew I was meant to be a painter, but my photography career was all-consuming and it left me with no time to paint.”It wasn’t until the year 2000, on his 50th birthday, Ford chose to follow his true artistic heart. He sold his successful photography business and made the leap into the world of fine art painting. He never took another professional photograph since. He debuted his distinctive landscapes at a premier show in New York City where he and his stunning works were, quite literally, an overnight sensation.