C. Ford Riley’s paintings meet the demanding standards of scientific accuracy and detail, and also appeal to discriminating collectors of fine art, as well. His work has been recognized from the White House to The Florida State Capital. He has been featured in national and international art competitions, including the Ducks Unlimited Art Auction, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Federal Duck Stamp Competition, the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition and the Thomasville Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.
In 1983, his painting of “Cooper’s Hawk and Fall Leaves” was selected by the Leigh Yawkey Woodeson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
His original paintings can be found in private collections across the country, art galleries, institutions, and the homes of prominent civic leaders, corporate executives, and members of Congress. In 2009, he was commissioned by members of Congress, to paint the Laura Bush Rose, which was presented to her at the end of her husband’s term.
In April 2011, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission honored Riley with a special award for “fostering an appreciation of Florida’s natural wildlife resources and sensitivie environmental places through his numerous paintings and on-site field study.”
Our State Magazine, September 2, 2018
One of Us: Jacksonville wildlife artist C. Ford Riley to be honored by Florida House on Capitol Hill
The Florida Times Union, April 20, 2015
The Florida Times Union, February 24, 2015
Jax Daily Record, April 26, 2011
Jacksonville artist C. Ford Riley was recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for his paintings of wildlife and state habitats. A Jacksonville native, Riley has spent much of his life in the backwoods and wild areas of Florida, studying the environment.
Southern Living Magazine, January 29, 2010
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Jax Daily Record, September 24, 2010
Artist C. Ford Riley is a Jacksonville native whose paintings can be found in galleries, private homes, businesses, organizations and the halls of government power. The oldest of six children, he grew up in Ortega, attended Robert E. Lee High School and then Shorter College in Rome, Ga., for two years before returning to Jacksonville.
Garden & Gun Magazine
The natural world of artist C. Ford Riley…
I took the job of profiling a painter named C. Ford Riley in Jacksonville, Florida, because I am from Jacksonville, too, and I thought perhaps we could develop some happy harmonies owing to our common background, which, the happy harmonies of common background, would help mask my ignorance of painting and painters.
Covey Rise Magazine
In the Backwoods and Byways section of the June-July 2013 edition of Covey Rise Magazine, C. Ford Riley’s paintings were featured. “C. Ford Riley uncovers Florida’s out-of-the-way treasures.” Ten paintings were featured for readers to enjoy.
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Rick and Patty Jones Donate C. Ford Riley Work