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.