Showcase Artists in Members Gallery June 15 - July 22, 2016
John David Ford was born in Sumter, SC and from a very early age fell in love with art and the artist's way of life. He was always aware of the beauty of nature and the animals that inhabited his world. After high school, he joined the USAF and served his country for 8 years and decided it was time to pursue a professional career in illustration and painting. He attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL for a short time and while there was studio assistant to Golden Age Illustrator and Portrait Artist, Thornton Utz. After a short time he transferred to The Harris School of Art in Franklin, TN and graduated as an illustrator. His first job after graduation was illustrator for Scott-Mead Paper Co. at Brunswick, GA. He continued to work commercially for many years and eventually designed food packaging for a major retailer. He was the designing force behind local iconic brands such as Terry's, Kay's, Kern's and Lay's Meats. After years on the commercial side, John says he is back to his first love “painting landscapes and seascapes and the creatures that inhabit them.” He is available for commissioned works and currently resides in Glade Spring, Virginia.