|Biography from a third party submitted on 07/16/2009:|
|Paula Ann Ford was raised in a small town in upstate New York where the
landscapes are absolutely breathtaking. Having moved away from
the northeast in her 40's, and missing the beautiful landscapes of that
area, Ford turned to art in 2000, first studying under Kay Walton of
Texas, and then Paul Friske, PSA, also from Texas. She started
painting in acrylics and oils and then in January of 2004
discovered and fell in love with soft pastels.|
Paula Ford has been a Guide in the Pastel Forum of Wetcanvas.com
for several years, and has been a featured artist on several websites.
She won the Silver Medal Award in the 2007 Arts for the Parks
online competition for her painting Nick's Lake.
Because of her love for teaching, Ford has recently started giving
demonstrations, teaching workshops, and giving private classes.
Her workshops focus on the beginning pastel artist. Her
classes include a handout and related discussion on resources for
supplies online, interesting websites, artists’ and art community
websites. She also discusses safety while using pastels, how to
properly clean pastels, the pros and cons of using fixative, mounting
and framing pastel paintings with a demonstration, working with
photographs and how to simplify the landscape, the importance of
toning, thumbnail sketches, preliminary charcoal sketches, and
underpaintings. She dedicates several hours of each workshop to
hands on, step by step instruction. Students will learn the rules
of landscapes and leave the classroom with a finished piece of art.
At the end of each workshop, Ford takes class photos for her website.
Landscapes are my chosen subjects because I have always been amazed at
the way nature arranges its compositions into scenes that capture my
imagination and stay in my memories. Therefore, my paintings become
keepsakes of places from our journeys. They represent happy times and
peaceful daydreams experienced as they have permeated our senses
through the memories of fresh mountain breezes, fragrant wild flowers,
and the changing seasons. And so, as the historian records past events,
so shall I record the ever changing landscapes of our time and leave
souvenirs for all to be reminded of the places visited in our travels.
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