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As the son of an Air Force serviceman stationed in a small Japanese village, Ford’s artistic sensibilities began to take root under the nurturing eye of an elderly Japanese painter when he was just twelve. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a BFA in painting, Ford moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he realized a natural talent for photography. During the late 70’s and 80’s Ford established his reputation as Atlanta’s premier fashion and commercial photographer. The early 90’s, however, brought a compelling urge to return to painting. He began painting again whenever his schedule permitted, which wasn’t often enough to satisfy his creative mind. So in 2000, as he approached his 50th birthday, Ford decided that he would no longer deny his passion for painting - despite his success and stature as the city’s top photographer. Believing his return to painting deserved 100% dedication, Ford sold his photography business and never took another professional photograph. He then set off to travel the world and seek inspiration. After exploring different painting styles and themes, he found tremendous fulfillment creating contemporary landscapes conjured from the stunning horizons witnessed during his travels. Emboldened by critics and collector’s enthusiasm, he narrowed his focus there and pushed the creative boundaries of landscapes to arrive at the distinctive and radiant style for which he is known. He never paints from a photograph - nor does he do studies. Instead, he enjoys the freedom and creative abandon to see where an impulse might lead. The intensity of working over a single piece to finish it makes the process very physical. Well known for his mosaics, splashes and seemingly endless ways of abstracting reflections, he lets layers of paint - acrylics on canvas - drip and flow, just letting things happen. "I was taught in college to let the paint find the imagery," he recalls. Ford then goes in with skilled precision to create the light, details and natural elements that define his fascinating style of painting. Ford's sense of nature is not a Romantic's wild and angry universe. To the contrary, his distinctive paintings reflect a palpable optimism and vibrant confidence. The easy precision, subtlety and repose of his paintings may well derive from that Asian aesthetic he developed in his early years. Now he’s arrived at what he believes to be his true destiny. “I’m grateful every day that I get to paint for a living,” Smith says, “I feel like the luckiest guy on earth, and I think that energy and optimism is reflected in my work.” Ford resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife, Cristi, along with their two dogs

Visit Ford's own gallery in Roswell, GA (980 Canton St) or website (www.fordsmithfineart.com), featuring the artist, Ford Smith, and his extraordinary contemporary abstract landscape paintings. You may shop and view the entire line of remarkable landscapes and recent activities. Ford's immense talent showcases a repertoire of styles including expressionism, impressionism, and abstract landscapes. His creativity is limitless, and his skill unmatched. Ford Smith's paintings are also available through our fine representative galleries internationally. Please contact us and we'll help you find the gallery the one nearest you. It's time to relax, immerse yourself, and let us know how we may be of service to you with your own Ford Smith acquisition.

Ford in the news again with the Daily Art Escape!  This time with the popular Roswell Neighbor, who also did a great job...
05/12/2020
Local artist provides daily escape through art during pandemic

Ford in the news again with the Daily Art Escape! This time with the popular Roswell Neighbor, who also did a great job telling the story...

With art galleries closed due to COVID-19, local artist Ford Smith has created a new way to the public view art — his driveway.

“Beyond Paradise” by Ford Smith (30”x40”) Original painting in acrylics No Daily Art Escape exhibit in driveway because ...
05/12/2020

“Beyond Paradise” by Ford Smith (30”x40”) Original painting in acrylics
No Daily Art Escape exhibit in driveway because we have some construction on our front porch today, so thought we’d share a fabulous painting from a few years back. Enjoy!

Day 30:  We forgot to take a picture from the driveway exhibit yesterday and our front porch is being refurbished (no ex...
05/11/2020

Day 30: We forgot to take a picture from the driveway exhibit yesterday and our front porch is being refurbished (no exhibit today), so we shot this on the back deck this morning for everyone to enjoy. “Affinity of Dawn” hand embellished limited edition by Ford Smith (60”x48”) Clearly, we’ve been in a mountains mood...
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #roswellmagazine #30075life

05/10/2020

Check out the full exhibit over the past two weeks...

Day 29:  “Rapids In No Rush” original painting by Ford Smith (24”x36”) pulses with all the peaceful energy of a perfect ...
05/08/2020

Day 29: “Rapids In No Rush” original painting by Ford Smith (24”x36”) pulses with all the peaceful energy of a perfect day in the mountains.
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #roswellmagazine #30075life

We are stealing a glimpse into Ford’s studio today to see this incredible new painting in development.  This painting is...
05/07/2020

We are stealing a glimpse into Ford’s studio today to see this incredible new painting in development. This painting is a commentary for this period in history—Ford’s first allegorical work. Can you see it yet? We will reveal the full story once it’s completed.
Yesterday was too windy for the Daily Art Escape, but we will resume today.

Ford in the news...
05/07/2020
Roswell Magazine

Ford in the news...

What a great, great, great local COVID19 story for Roswell - Ford Smith is a world-renowned Roswell artist, who has brought art to his quarantined local neighborhood, and it's lifting spirits everywhere Click to read the piece - you can also download a pdf of the article from the link at the top of the piece. #roswellmagazine #30075life #visitroswellga #wheninroswell #roswellsnobs #fordsmithfineart #fordsmith #publicart #covid19artwork
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Ford has always been inspired by music when painting...
05/07/2020

Ford has always been inspired by music when painting...

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Ford Smith is a Roswell world renowned artist who is doing an outdoor art exhibit during COVID19 so people walking in the neighborhood can experience art! Many of his paintings are inspired by music and yesterday Ford sported a Roswell Music'fest t-shirt (2019) with his Day 28 "Lyrical Passage".
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Day 28:  Encore exhibit!  The theme is music inspiring art with Ford wearing a Roswell Music ‘Fest t-shirt and the spect...
05/06/2020

Day 28: Encore exhibit! The theme is music inspiring art with Ford wearing a Roswell Music ‘Fest t-shirt and the spectacular “Lyrical Passage” original painting by Ford Smith (48”x48”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart #roswellmagazine #30075life
Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 27:  Encore exhibit!  We start again with the first Daily Art Escape, “Rosy Outlook” Original painting by Ford Smith...
05/05/2020

Day 27: Encore exhibit! We start again with the first Daily Art Escape, “Rosy Outlook” Original painting by Ford Smith (36”x36”).
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 26:  “Dawning Awareness” Original painting by Ford Smith (36”x48”)More than ever, people need the soul-soothing powe...
05/04/2020

Day 26: “Dawning Awareness” Original painting by Ford Smith (36”x48”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 25:  A little September in May with “Autumn Spark” Original painting by Ford Smith  (48”x36”)More than ever, people ...
05/03/2020

Day 25: A little September in May with “Autumn Spark” Original painting by Ford Smith (48”x36”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

What a wonderful story on the Ford Smith Daily Art Escape in the newest Roswell Magazine!  We are honored to be featured...
05/02/2020

What a wonderful story on the Ford Smith Daily Art Escape in the newest Roswell Magazine! We are honored to be featured with this positively-charged and inspiring show. Enjoy!

#fordsmithfineart #roswellmagazine #30075life #fordsmith #artmatters #inspiration @ Ford Smith Fine Art

What a wonderful story on the Ford Smith Daily Art Escape in the newest Roswell Magazine!  We are honored to be featured...
05/02/2020

What a wonderful story on the Ford Smith Daily Art Escape in the newest Roswell Magazine! We are honored to be featured with this positively-charged and inspiring show. Although it will be in the printed magazine issue coming out next week, you can read the whole article in blog format here: : https://www.myroswellmagazine.com/read/ford-smith

#fordsmithfineart #roswellmagazine #30075life #fordsmith #artmatters #inspiration

Day 24:  It sure seemed like “Eternal Sunshine” yesterday in Atlanta... Original painting by Ford Smith  (30”x40”) More ...
05/02/2020

Day 24: It sure seemed like “Eternal Sunshine” yesterday in Atlanta... Original painting by Ford Smith (30”x40”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 23:  “Starring Roll” Original painting by Ford Smith  (48”x24”) More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power ...
05/01/2020

Day 23: “Starring Roll” Original painting by Ford Smith (48”x24”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Ford got inspired and got busy in the studio this week.  This new original will reflect the events of today and he’s alr...
04/30/2020

Ford got inspired and got busy in the studio this week. This new original will reflect the events of today and he’s already titled it, “Lost Spring”. Stay tuned, because this one is going to be significant.

Day 22:  Tuesday’s beautiful weather warranted an epic painting that paid it tribute.  “Natural Exuberance” Original pai...
04/29/2020

Day 22: Tuesday’s beautiful weather warranted an epic painting that paid it tribute. “Natural Exuberance” Original painting by Ford Smith (48”x60”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 21:  Making it’s debut fresh from Ford’s studio, we present to you the spectacular “Emotional Confetti” Original pai...
04/28/2020

Day 21: Making it’s debut fresh from Ford’s studio, we present to you the spectacular “Emotional Confetti” Original painting by Ford Smith (48”x48”)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart #atlanta #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #contemporaryart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 20: “Quilted Fire” (48x24) Hand embellished limited editionMore than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of ar...
04/27/2020

Day 20: “Quilted Fire” (48x24) Hand embellished limited edition
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information

Day 19: back from rainy days with “Lovin’ the City” (40x30)More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in...
04/26/2020

Day 19: back from rainy days with “Lovin’ the City” (40x30)
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Day 18:  All things Ford!  “Spontaneous Applause” Hand Embellished Limited Edition by Ford Smith. 36”x48”More than ever,...
04/23/2020

Day 18: All things Ford! “Spontaneous Applause” Hand Embellished Limited Edition by Ford Smith. 36”x48”
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information on the art and artist.

04/21/2020

Not sure if this is spring fever or cabin fever, but Ford has it.
Day 17: “Spring Fever” Limited Edition by Ford Smith. 36”x24”
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information on the art and artist.

04/20/2020

In case you missed one, here is the full Week 2 exhibit of Ford Smith’s Daily Art Escape. We had to skip yesterday due to rain, but back on schedule today...!

For more information on the art and artist, visit: www.fordsmithfineart.com

Day 15:  “Dream Interpretation” Original painting by Ford Smith. 48”x72”More than ever, people need the soul-soothing po...
04/19/2020

Day 15: “Dream Interpretation” Original painting by Ford Smith. 48”x72”
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information on the art and artist.

Day 14:  “Twilight Sentry” Original painting by Ford Smith. 72”x 48”More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power ...
04/17/2020

Day 14: “Twilight Sentry” Original painting by Ford Smith. 72”x 48”
More than ever, people need the soul-soothing power of art in their lives. So while museums and galleries are closed, Ford and I thought our neighborhood families would enjoy their own daily public exhibit as they walk around the lake. A new painting (with art description) will be introduced every day, weather permitting.
We hope you enjoy this “Daily Art Escape” by world-renowned artist and Roswell resident, Ford Smith!
Children are welcome, and it’s a great art lesson for home-schooling.
Be well, everyone!
#connectingthroughart #eastspringlake #atlantaartist #worldclassart #sharingart #sharingartduringcovid19 #fordsmithfineart

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com for more information on the art and artist.

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980 Canton St
Roswell, GA
30075

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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 eduction—and a curious mind that continuously challenges the genre. With signature vibrancy and phantasmagorical interpretations of trees, water, sky and other natural elements, he has effectively reinvented the modern landscape with this distinctive style of Expressionist painting. 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 photography since. He debuted his distinctive landscapes at a premier show in New York City where he and his stunning works were, quite literally, were an overnight sensation. Ford believes everything in his professional background served both of his careers. He recognizes that his classical art education made him a better-than-average professional photographer and, when he returned to painting after 25 years, having studied light and composition on such an extraordinary level (for a most painters), that same photography career helped shape the artist he is today. Ford typically paints using no references, instead he follows a creative instinct with a near-photographic memory that allows him to recall perfect perspective, composition and incandescent, accurate light. Every Ford Smith painting emerges 100% from the artist’s imagination, with an ease and precision rarely seen in the art industry. Acclaimed by art critics, aficionados and collectors, Ford Smith and his distinctive landscape paintings have been featured in multitudinous art industry publications, newspapers, and major design/lifestyle magazines such as Architectural Digest and Florida Design. His work is exhibited in more than 20 fine art galleries from New York to Beijing, China and in thousands of private and corporate collections on 5 continents. Ford resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife, Cristi, along with their French Bulldog, Lola. They have 2 grown children, Brian and Hilary, and 3 granddaughters.

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Visit our website (www.fordsmithfineart.com), featuring the artist, Ford Smith, and his extraordinary contemporary abstract landscape paintings. You may acquire any painting from the entire line of remarkable landscapes directly from the website and read the blogs about shows, inspiration and recent studio happenings in Ford’s world.

If you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to visit Ford’s studio gallery for a private viewing, please contact us directly for an appointment. It’s a more personal tour by the artist himself at his lakeside studio in Roswell GA. See new works in progress as well as premier gallery originals and limited editions. Ford Smith's paintings are also available through our fine representative galleries internationally. Please contact us and we'll help you find the one nearest you.

Ford's immense talent showcases a repertoire of styles including expressionism, impressionism, and abstract landscapes. His creativity is limitless, and his skill unmatched. It's time to relax, immerse yourself, and let us know how we may be of service to you with your own Ford Smith acquisition.

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Home is where the 'art' is...Ford Smith Fine Art that is! 😎
I Love Ford Smith Art!
I love your paintins,beautiful .Thank you💙
I'm very inspired by your art. Thankyou. Greetings from Germany.
Great color our Lord is a color God revaltion speaks of the colors of jesus. Revelation 10:1
Fantastic to see Ford’s work in person for the first time. Inspirational.
Hello Ford
Thanks so much Ford and Cristi for welcoming us into your home today... we thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality and seeing your new works of art! Fabulous!
Thanks so much Ford and Cristi for welcoming us into your home today... we thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality and seeing your new works of art! Fabulous!
Beautiful Christmas presents by a local Artist .