Artist Stephanie Ford

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“I love creating historical art in scratchboard. I feel as if I am pulling a glimpse of the past out of the shadows as I work,” says scratchboard artist Stephanie H. Ford. Texas is Stephanie’s home where she lives with her husband and young daughter on a small cattle ranch an hour from Waco.
Stephanie has long had a passion for art and decided to study at Stephen F. Austin State University where she received a degree in both art and in American history. While studying these two fields, she fell in love with old lithographs from the 19th century such as those done of Winslow Homer’s work in Harper’s Weekly. It came only natural then, that when she stumbled upon scratchboard, that she would immediately take to the less commonly used medium that allows for fine detail; ink is painstakingly removed from a baked clay and wood surface with sharp blades. However, she was encouraged to pursue more traditional media by her professors.
After leaving school, Stephanie became an art teacher and a children’s book illustrator, illustrating a number of children’s books for Pelican Publishing. In 2018, she received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for her illustrations in Tad Lucas: Trick Riding Cowgirl. About her illustration, which she continues to do periodically, she says, “Illustration has inspired me to have a story in my head for every piece of art I make. Whether it is merely a hand holding an oil lamp, or a line of Mosby’s cavalrymen taking orders for a raid, there is a story to tell.”
In 2012, she had the chance to meet scratchboard pioneer Sally Maxwell, who encouraged her to work large. That evening, Stephanie purchased the largest board she could find. The 2 X 3 foot piece she completed went on that year to be accepted into the [...]

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