From the Monochrome Series:
By focusing solely upon composition, detail, light and shadows, Ford challenged his own artistic sensibilities. The resulting monochrome paintings are among the finest and most fascinating in the world today. It is interesting to note that while black and white photography is standard in the fine art industry, few painters have ventured into this narrow and complex palette with such masterful ease as Ford Smith.
Hundreds of glistening silvers, whites, blacks and shades of grays make these distinctive paintings uniquely fascinating and so dynamic that seeing them in person is a completely absorbing viewing experience. "Down Time" invites your mind to relax while engaging new synapses as it draws you deeper through the painting, from the stand of foreground trees to the smooth slope, to the animated forest to the mountains and sky beyond.