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On the side of a dusty road 25 kilometers from the city of Ouarzazate rests the stone carving shop of Mohamed Joud. Mohamed is originally from the local area but lived much of his professional life in Casablanca where he worked in many different sectors of the tourism industry. In the early 90's, Mohamed decided to return home in order to stay close to his roots and pursue his passion in painting. Inspired by the nearby Ait Benhaddou fortress (where Gladiator was filmed), he wanted to depict life and the architecture of his home town in a creative way. Since most of the homes of rural Morocco are made from stone, he wanted his paintings to reflect this. As such, he began using stones as the canvas for his paintings. His shop has gained much success by selling to local tourists and has never looked back since he left Casa to start his art venture.