Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jerome Paul Ford established his reputation as a figure and genre painter, particularly of South Louisiana subject matter. He was reared in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. The second of four children, Ford learned at an early age that creativity was the source of his childhood excitement. His mother, a teacher, taught him and his siblings to dream big and apply themselves in all their endeavors. A biblical quote that she frequently referenced was, “All things are possible through Christ Jesus, who strengthens.” This quote would be foundational in Ford’s future aspiration to become an artist. Ford’s creativity also stems from the artistic seed that was planted in him as a child and continues to flourish in his life.
His father, a carpenter and amateur sculptor, was his first inspiration. He carried a rolled up canvas behind the seat of his truck. He would roll it out and let Ford and his siblings draw. By the age of 12, art had become more than just a rolled up piece of canvas behind the seat of his dad’s truck. Ford was desperately seeking more. In high school, he was introduced to visual artist and teacher Richard C. Thomas. Under Thomas’ supervision, Ford began to lay the foundation of art discipline that helped develop the unique artist he is today.
Ford received his BFA in painting and drawing, with a minor in print making, from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 2003. His work has been accepted to hang in many local and national juried exhibitions of which he has received many honors and awards. After graduating, he taught in the talented visual arts program with the New Orleans Public School System. In 2006 Ford moved to his wife’s home town in Opelousas, Louisiana where he continues to teach and create works of art. Ford’s works suggest inspiration, intuition, and visual reference - accompanied with the culture and heritage of South Louisiana.