When approached by long time collectors to create a large painting that would reflect upon and forever preserve the memories of their treasured 2019 Tuscan vacation, Ford welcomed the opportunity. Having spent months in Italy over many years, along with his own Italian heritage, he felt particularly qualified to conjure Tuscany's emotional allure and heavenly views.
While these collectors described other wonderful experiences with Italian culture and scenery during their holiday, they kept returning to the heart-stopping views from their al fresco dining table each day at sunset.
They passionately recalled the soaring skies, rolling hills and orderly vineyards that surrounded the special inn where they stayed, their vista bordered by delicate wisteria, as they enjoyed a favorite bottle of wine.
Their senses were forever altered by the profound beauty of this landscape; their hearts forever fused by a shared sense of joy.
Ford listened, and their painting began to form in his mind before he ever entered the studio. His goal was to create a work of art that transcended quintessential Tuscan-themed paintings while elevating and sustaining the sentiment, atmosphere and appeal of their Italian holiday.
Because his distinctive style of painting is intuitive, fluid and normally without any references, the process of a Ford Smith commissioned painting is kept very simple. Our clients do not want to direct or manage their painting--preferring the artist's unfettered imagination to influence the art.
Ford carefully listens to what the client loves about his work and what their palette and size considerations are, then he absorbs their specific scene or idea and begins to paint. He shows them the first concept or "bones" of the painting, then mid-way once again, and then one final approval before varnishing. The typical response from collectors who see the work in development is "Keep going, Ford!"
From the very beginning, this resplendent original painting surpassed our collector's expectations. With tears in her eyes, she told him "this painting is truly, uniquely us" and that their new painting was "an ideal figment of our imagination".
A gratifying sentiment to share, and we're delighted they are so thrilled.
We're happy to present this beautiful 48"x48" painting for everyone to enjoy via e-viewing over the holiday.
Side Note: This painting came into being because the art collectors were forced to cancel a return trip to Tuscany in 2020 (and also 2021) due to the pandemic. Since they couldn't physically go, they chose a Ford Smith artistic journey for their psyche instead.
We will call that a silver lining...
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The Ford Smith Fine Art Gallery has been invited to extend our stay at Avenue East Cobb and we've accepted!
We will be hosting gallery shows unveiling new paintings with the artists in attendance, as well as specially-scheduled gallery hours through the months of January and February (but always open by appointment). Spring through Summer 2023 will resume a more regular schedule of business hours. Stay tuned!