C. Ford Riley (b. 1952) Wild Turkey signed "C. Ford Riley" lower right oil on canvas, 30 by 40 in.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Riley “has spent much of his life wandering the backwoods and byways of the South, studying the patterns of the seasons, the wildlife and their environment, maintaining journals, and documenting their habits and unique habitats.” His work is focused on the outdoors and demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the natural world. Equally adept in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, Riley’s paintings are praised for their rich detail and dramatic color.
According to Riley, “I spent years studying artists that painted scenes I could relate to, looking at the way they layered colors and used their palette. I took what I could from their techniques and applied them to the natural habitats that I grew up in.”
Riley received an award in 2011 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was the Featured Artist at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in 1990. His work can be found in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and the Florida State Capital.
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