Craig Ford studied art at Young Harris College before transferring to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he majored in graphic design and illustration. He later worked as a designer/illustrator and art director for several agencies before starting his own graphic design business, “Design by Ford,” in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that Ford returned to painting. Additionally, he teaches design and painting classes at Young Harris College and art classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center.
He sees himself as a visual storyteller, taking ordinary objects and putting them into different contexts and discovering completely different meanings and ideas in their combinations. Nostalgic icons or everyday items find a place in his compositions; big vividly colored pieces.
Craig paints in a realistic, representational style. His artistic references range from David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Fairfield Porter, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jennifer Bartlett to David Lynch and Bridget Riley to name a few. His work usually contains a concept of some sort but is open to the viewer’s interpretation.