My paintings are based on environments I observe traveling around the Northwest: old mining towns, farms, delta cities, rural communities and deserted beaches. What all these places have in common is the visible patina of history.

The loneliness of these environments has led me to invite other entities to inhabit my paintings. Sometimes these characters are purely children of my imagination; other times, they are remembrances of toys I had as child, or of a semi-historical figure. What these beings have in common is the expression of a clear desire to reside in the particular space where I envision them.

Ultimately my paintings are intended to serve as doorways to a world of haunted, forgotten spaces-- where lost or abandoned souls find themselves in a place they can call home.

Jo Ford