J.W. Ford is an accomplished multi-media artist who has worked in watercolor, airbrushed acrylic, charcoal, graphite and digital computer art. Recently she has created her own unique style of embossing and painting on copper, brass, pewter and aluminum metals.
Jay’s artwork has been widely displayed throughout New York City galleries and institutions. She was honored by the New York Urban League in their Salute to African American Women Artists and her work has been in the art collection of EBONY/JET Magazine’s New York Office and was featured in national publications such as Décor Magazine and Art Business News. Her early art was published by Icart Graphics of California and distributed throughout the United States and Europe.
Most notably, she studied with Bush Whitehouse Portrait Artist John Howard Sanden and nationally recognized watercolor painter Mary Whyte. Her painting "Time Out" won a place in the prestigious Taos Watercolor Society Show at the Van Vechten Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. She attended the following schools in NYC: Art Students League, School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology and is a member of The Harlem Arts Alliance, The National Conference of Artists, The West Side Arts Coalition and The National Portrait Institute.
J.W. Ford’s artistic passion has always been head and shoulder portraits of the human being. The portraits she prefers to do are not the literal, realistic commissioned portrait. But instead she favors doing expressionist portraits of heads and faces that come from within herself that she sometimes refers to as Masks. Here she feels totally unencumbered and is free to express various ideas and concepts oftentimes of a spiritual nature. Much time is spent on facial expression and eyes in particular. In the case of the Masks she might add the spiritual third eye and render the physical eyes as vacant.
On occasion her love of graphic design and fashion flair take center stage…for example when she affixes jewelry from her massive personal collection of unique pieces. But always she attempts to create with meticulous attention to design, composition, color, and texture.