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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.

Terrific night at the grand re-opening of High Country Art in Blue Ridge.  Beautiful show with fantastic art and buyers ...
07/21/2019

Terrific night at the grand re-opening of High Country Art in Blue Ridge. Beautiful show with fantastic art and buyers hosted by new owner extraordinaire, Sarah. She and Mel did an outstanding job! Congratulations!

Enjoying a few days in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains to escape the heat of Atlanta and support the local gallery fo...
07/20/2019

Enjoying a few days in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains to escape the heat of Atlanta and support the local gallery for their grand re-opening tonight. Stay cool and have a great weekend, folks! If you happen to be in town, visit the High Country Art Gallery on Main Street and say hello to Ford from 5:30-7:30 rain or shine.

Art for all!  Ford Smith has arrived with Classic Prints so you can do more than just love them online. I know, finally!
07/18/2019

Art for all! Ford Smith has arrived with Classic Prints so you can do more than just love them online. I know, finally!

Your art awaits you! The Ford Smith Classic Prints online gallery is officially open with an exclusive, state-of-the-art website. Click here: https://1-ford-smith.pixels.com/

Ford Smith Fine Art liberated more than 60 of these rarely-seen paintings from the archives and shared them as affordable art options. Now you can stroll through a retrospective gallery of brilliant, rediscovered works by Ford Smith and live with the art you love.

Why?
These paintings deserve it! We recently catalogued images of Ford's paintings over the past 20 years and realized how many amazing ones haven't been seen since the original was acquired. With only a few Ford Smith limited edition releases each year, far too many beautiful works were never seen by the general public. With new devotees from all over the world and thousands of collectors and fans who would LOVE an opportunity to appreciate--and possibly own--a rendition of these milestone paintings, we knew it was time.

How are they different from limited editions?
They are quite different. Each Classic Print is produced by an associate fine art printer and shipped directly to you, so unlike our limited editions, they are untouched by the artist.

Classic Prints are decorative, museum-quality giclees, unsigned and unembellished with no limit on production and in customizable sizes that arrive to your doorstep ready to exhibit!

All this makes them ideal for more limited art budgets, second homes, rental properties, corporate environments, offices, gifts, guest rooms, larger spaces, smaller spaces or just for YOU because you love that painting so much!

We invite you to look around, explore the art and enjoy this customized website where you can see framing options, detailed close-ups, scale, as well as choosing sizes and printing on canvas, metal, paper, acrylic or wood.

Which ones will you choose?
Visit now by clicking here:
https://1-ford-smith.pixels.com/

Your art awaits you!  The Ford Smith Classic Prints online gallery is officially open with an exclusive, state-of-the-ar...
07/17/2019

Your art awaits you! The Ford Smith Classic Prints online gallery is officially open with an exclusive, state-of-the-art website. Click here: https://1-ford-smith.pixels.com/

Ford Smith Fine Art liberated more than 60 of these rarely-seen paintings from the archives and shared them as affordable art options. Now you can stroll through a retrospective gallery of brilliant, rediscovered works by Ford Smith and live with the art you love.

Why?
These paintings deserve it! We recently catalogued images of Ford's paintings over the past 20 years and realized how many amazing ones haven't been seen since the original was acquired. With only a few Ford Smith limited edition releases each year, far too many beautiful works were never seen by the general public. With new devotees from all over the world and thousands of collectors and fans who would LOVE an opportunity to appreciate--and possibly own--a rendition of these milestone paintings, we knew it was time.

How are they different from limited editions?
They are quite different. Each Classic Print is produced by an associate fine art printer and shipped directly to you, so unlike our limited editions, they are untouched by the artist.

Classic Prints are decorative, museum-quality giclees, unsigned and unembellished with no limit on production and in customizable sizes that arrive to your doorstep ready to exhibit!

All this makes them ideal for more limited art budgets, second homes, rental properties, corporate environments, offices, gifts, guest rooms, larger spaces, smaller spaces or just for YOU because you love that painting so much!

We invite you to look around, explore the art and enjoy this customized website where you can see framing options, detailed close-ups, scale, as well as choosing sizes and printing on canvas, metal, paper, acrylic or wood.

Which ones will you choose?
Visit now by clicking here:
https://1-ford-smith.pixels.com/

07/17/2019

A jazz vibe lends itself beautifully to this epic new work taking shape that fuses several Ford Smith signature elements in a fantastical and theatric scene.

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Thought we'd post one more rediscovered vintage painting from Ford Smith to be included in the Classic Prints collection...
07/16/2019

Thought we'd post one more rediscovered vintage painting from Ford Smith to be included in the Classic Prints collection while we finish working out global shipping rates (daunting, but important). In the meantime, enjoy the geometric splendor of "Divided Time" and happy Tuesday!

For many of you waiting to view the new Classic Prints collection, we're about one or two days delayed as we refine a fe...
07/15/2019

For many of you waiting to view the new Classic Prints collection, we're about one or two days delayed as we refine a few details. We do apologize for the delay, but not for our high standards...! We appreciate your patience and promise it will be worth it.

Tomorrow is the day!  We're liberating the Ford Smith archives to launch the a special collection of Classic Prints by F...
07/14/2019

Tomorrow is the day! We're liberating the Ford Smith archives to launch the a special collection of Classic Prints by Ford Smith. You'll fall in love with the radiantly serene paintings from Ford all over again--and with approachable prices on open edition giclees (ready to hang and shipped to your door in just 2-3 days) the hardest decision will be how many and which ones will be adorning your walls.

You might include today's feature, "Twilight Envy", available in sizes from 12"x 9" to 36"x 72" on canvas, paper, acrylic, metal or framed.

We're so excited to share this collection with you at noon tomorrow!

How about this fresh and soothing perspective for a Friday?  Only 3 more days until you can make it your own.  The offic...
07/12/2019

How about this fresh and soothing perspective for a Friday? Only 3 more days until you can make it your own. The official release of the Ford Smith Classic Prints collection of rarely-seen, early paintings is Monday, July 15th by noon.

"Glimmer of Hope" by Ford Smith (circa 2005 shown here) will be available in sizes as large as 45"x 60" and as small as 9"x 12".

These are full size, open edition giclees in varying sizes on 5 substrates. Perfect for limited art budgets, gifts, second homes, rental properties, offices and corporate environments, guest rooms, smaller spaces, larger spaces... or just because you NEED that painting!

Visit www.fordsmithfineart.com

The excitement is building for Monday's official release of the Ford Smith Classic Prints collection of rarely-seen, ear...
07/11/2019

The excitement is building for Monday's official release of the Ford Smith Classic Prints collection of rarely-seen, early paintings from Ford Smith. Admirers from around the world will appreciate this carefully-curated collection of paintings that helped established him as one of the greats.

Shown here is the wildly engaging Bloomscape titled, "Lively Conversation", available in sizes ranging 12"x12" to 48"x48".

The Classic Prints are full size, museum-quality giclees in varying sizes on 5 different substrates with no specified limit on production and without hand embellishment or signature. Ideal solutions for limited art budgets, gifts, second homes, rental properties, offices and corporate environments, guest rooms, smaller spaces, larger spaces... or just because you love the painting!

Some paintings were harbingers of what was to come.  We had to dig deep to rediscover this beautiful Ford Smith (circa 2...
07/10/2019

Some paintings were harbingers of what was to come. We had to dig deep to rediscover this beautiful Ford Smith (circa 2002) and include it in our classic prints collection. It might very well have been this painting that inspired us to adopt the phrase "radiant serenity" to describe his emerging style and palette.

"Radiant Finale" is officially selected for the Classic Prints collection, and you can own yours as early as Monday when we launch these open edition giclees that ship from 15 global fulfillment centers around the world right to your door.

07/08/2019

Meanwhile, in the Ford Smith studio today...

Some of you will remember this legendary Ford Smith painting from the Roswell gallery.  Before it was acquired, "Living ...
07/08/2019

Some of you will remember this legendary Ford Smith painting from the Roswell gallery. Before it was acquired, "Living Free" swept people off their feet with it's majestic allure and sparked adoring, visceral reactions during it's exhibit. Rife with ropey, bristling texture mingling with the heavy paint, we thought it could only exist as the original painting... UNTIL NOW!

Prepare your wall... we're releasing this monumental Ford Smith vintage painting to be published as an open edition on canvas or museum poster with the Archive Liberation Collection on July 15th. We're excited for you to rediscover these rarely-seen Ford Smith masterpieces and make them available at prices that make living with the art you love a reality.

Easy like Sunday morning... this delightful Ford Smith Bloomscape made the cut for today's retrospective reveal.  We're ...
07/07/2019

Easy like Sunday morning... this delightful Ford Smith Bloomscape made the cut for today's retrospective reveal.

We're preparing the launch of the published open edition prints for July 15th, but in the meantime, we realized "Standing In Unity" is also an exceptionally beautiful throw pillow, so we've just made that available TODAY! Treat yourself to a little Ford Smith sunshine...
Right here:
https://fordsmithfineart.com/products/standing-in-unity-throw-pillow

"Mindful Journey" by Ford Smith is like an enthralling, painted novel that weaves it's story and rivets you with every c...
07/06/2019

"Mindful Journey" by Ford Smith is like an enthralling, painted novel that weaves it's story and rivets you with every chapter. You'll want all the time in the world to linger on every multi-faceted mosaic and layered square inch of fluid sky as this artistic adventure is told by this modern master.

We are including this iconic painting (circa 2006) as a full size open edition on canvas and museum paper available in varying sizes at approachable prices. Perfect for budding collectors, gifts, second homes, rental properties, offices, spare bedrooms, corporate decor... basically any bare wall you'd like to transform with the magic of a Ford Smith.

With five printing plants located around the world, you art will be ready to ship to you, gallery-wrapped and ready to exhibit, in just 2-3 days--wherever you are in the world! The official debut of this collection will be launched on July 15th...!

Another vintage Ford Smith painting is rediscovered and liberated from the archives for the upcoming published collectio...
07/04/2019

Another vintage Ford Smith painting is rediscovered and liberated from the archives for the upcoming published collection of classics. Although not red, white and blue, the fresh air and welcoming sense of freedom emanating from this painting seem just right for Independence Day enjoyment. Happy July 4th, everyone!
"Open Invitation" by Ford Smith 48"x48" (circa 2006) to be released as an open edition on canvas and paper in multiple sizes this month.

We're just days away from liberating these rarely-seen paintings from the archives!  These iconic early paintings by For...
07/02/2019

We're just days away from liberating these rarely-seen paintings from the archives! These iconic early paintings by Ford Smith will soon be making their published debut as full size open editions on canvas, paper, wood and even metal, all available in varying sizes at very approachable prices.

Perfect for young collectors, wedding gifts, second homes, rental homes, home offices, businesses, guest rooms... basically we're making it possible to fill any bare wall with art that inspires and lifts you.

Shown here: "Sunset Poetry" is an open edition release from a 48"x60" original painting Ford Smith created and sold in the early 2000's. We were delighted to rediscover this beautiful early masterpiece and include it in this vintage, value-oriented collection. With 5 printing production plants around the world, they'll be ready to ship to you in just 2-3 days ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

What retrospective collection of Ford Smith paintings would be complete without his glorious Bloomscapes from over a dec...
06/30/2019

What retrospective collection of Ford Smith paintings would be complete without his glorious Bloomscapes from over a decade ago? We're going to liberate these rarely-seen paintings from the archives and publish them as museum posters and open canvas prints that will be shipped to admirers in every country of the world.

Since we only release a few limited editions each year, far too many beautiful Ford Smith paintings were sold and never seen by the public again. Until now...!

These paintings are important milestones in Ford's career that spans more than 20 years as a professional painter and demonstrate why he was so quickly recognized as one of the world's top artists.

We'll make the official announcement of these Ford Smith rediscoveries by mid-July. For now, enjoy! (be sure to click on these vertically-oriented paintings to fully appreciate)

Are you surprised that this is Ford Smith?  This remarkable Bloomscape is a very different, yet utterly captivating pain...
06/28/2019

Are you surprised that this is Ford Smith? This remarkable Bloomscape is a very different, yet utterly captivating painting slated for the new line of published vintage paintings. I wish you could see ALL the paintings we're seeing as we cull through these beautiful images spanning more than two decades. It's very hard to choose!
Launch date: July 2019
"Watching Love Bloom" by Ford Smith 30"x40" and other sizes will be available.

You can imagine how much fun it is to take a trip down memory lane and view these gorgeous, vintage works from Ford Smit...
06/27/2019

You can imagine how much fun it is to take a trip down memory lane and view these gorgeous, vintage works from Ford Smith as we put together the new museum poster and open canvas print collection. We'd forgotten about so many paintings!
It's easy to see why he was such a sensation so quickly in his career. This one is titled, "Break of Day" and you'll find your eyes positively addicted to this early painting.

06/26/2019

Explore today...

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"Mosaic Awakening" is another vintage Ford Smith painting liberated from the archives that will be a part of the new col...
06/24/2019

"Mosaic Awakening" is another vintage Ford Smith painting liberated from the archives that will be a part of the new collection of museum posters and open canvas prints debuting in July. The original painting sold at the very first Ford Smith Gallery in Atlanta almost 20 years ago, and hasn't been seen in any other format since. We're so excited to launch this affordable program for these time-honored images.

We're going to liberate some rarely seen, classic Ford Smith paintings from the archives and publish them as museum post...
06/22/2019

We're going to liberate some rarely seen, classic Ford Smith paintings from the archives and publish them as museum posters and open canvas prints! Since we only release a few limited editions each year, many beautiful original paintings were sold shortly after creation and never seen by the public again.

Ford Smith Fine Art will be making these classics available worldwide, answering the calls from his rapidly-growing, international fan base.

These paintings are important milestones in Ford's career that spans more than 20 years as a professional painter—demonstrating why he was so quickly recognized as one of the world's top artists after his debut. Here are a few from this archived collection you'll be able to affordably acquire soon.

We'll make the official website announcement of these Ford Smith rediscoveries by the beginning of July. For now, enjoy!

The colors from Ford’s recent trip to the Amalfi coast are beginning to emerge.  Can’t wait to see where this painti...
06/21/2019

The colors from Ford’s recent trip to the Amalfi coast are beginning to emerge. Can’t wait to see where this painting will go from here.

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From the Ford Smith archives... this wildly beautiful 48x48 painting was sold over a decade ago, but we thought you’d ...
06/20/2019

From the Ford Smith archives... this wildly beautiful 48x48 painting was sold over a decade ago, but we thought you’d enjoy seeing it here. The very embodiment of “Where Landscapes Go to Escape the Ordinary”.

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New Release!  "Galileo's Playground" (24x48) is an endlessly intriguing, surreal painting Ford conjured in a super-charg...
06/19/2019

New Release!
"Galileo's Playground" (24x48) is an endlessly intriguing, surreal painting Ford conjured in a super-charged, creative mood. Spend a few minutes studying the details! This work demonstrates incredible painterly skills, a wild imagination and uncanny sense of composition and balance. "Galileo's Playground" has a unique distinction in his oeuvre of work with it's "other-worldly" surreal elements merging with classic Ford Smith nature. We're releasing this stunning painting as a limited edition for Ford's dedicated audience who has a passion for these rare paintings from him.

Click here for acquisition info:
https://fordsmithfineart.com/products/galileos-playground-24x48

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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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