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Anita Lobel for “Rescue Me”


Cat on Cloud

Cat on Cloud

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
7 ½” x 6 ¼”

Whales in the Ocean

Whales in the Ocean

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Cat On Elephant

Cat On Elephant

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “Nini Here and There”. Published 2007
8 ¾” x 6 ¼”

Seagulls by the Shore

Seagulls by the Shore

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “One Lighthouse, One Moon”. Pub. 2000
7 ½” x 6”

Animals on the Beach

Animals on the Beach

Watercolor & Gouache on Watercolor Paper
Executed with very small brushes.
Featured in “The Cat and the Cook”. Pub.1995
12” x 6 ½”

Rooster

Rooster

Ink on Illustration Board
16 ¼ x 12 ½ (Unframed)
19 ¾ x 15 ½ (framed)

 

Screen-Shot-2014-05-27-at-1.32.19-PMAll the paintings that are in this show are the exact same size as they appear in my books. I didn’t always like doing animals, I used to prefer doing people in costumes, but being a children’s book illustrator, I had to learn to like doing animals. I’m still not good at dogs but eventually my husband and I acquired cats. I then really learned the psychology of a cat. The cat I really love, hence my two cat books Nini Here and There and The Cat & The Cook. I also love drawing pigs. Pigs are easy, you can dress them up or dress them down. Horses not so much.”

At the opening reception of “Rescue Me”, Anita hosted a “Meet and Greet” book signing with a large selection of her children’s books, including Caldecott Honor Winner, “Taking Care of Mama Rabbit”.

Guests really enjoyed speaking with her and having a personal message written in their Anita Lobel book.

“I have been illustrating and writing texts for picture books for children since 1965. Many of my books have been translated into several languages and published abroad.

The early pictures were usually black ink drawings. Laid on top of the drawing, on two or three separate illustration boards, an overlay of watercolor washes was prepared. At the printing press these overlays were translated into colors. Blended together this process, if cleverly manipulated, gave on the printed page from a combination of, for example, a green and red or yellow and blue printers inks, an illusion of almost, but not quite, full color. Even though my books from that era do not blaze in full color, my black and white pictures are always intricate. They and their accompanying overlays are often of real interest to collectors of graphic art created for books.

For the past 25 years or so, printing presses have become much more sophisticated. Books are now beautifully printed mostly in China or Japan. All of us in the picture book field have been liberated to indulge in full color painting. Thus I have accumulated an archive of real paintings from many books, which are truly collectable and displayable. These pictures are in demand. I have sold work to individual collectors and institutions in America as well as Japan. I have been included in group exhibitions, such as the annual exhibition of original picture book art at The Society of Illustrators in New York City, exhibitions organized by museums and educational institutions around the country, i.e., The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia: Myth, Magic and Mystery. One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration. I have had one person shows at Every Picture Tells a Story in Los Angeles, the Justin Schiller gallery in New York. In Japan my pictures have been included in several museum collections specializing in children’s book illustration. I have now decided to offer the original art from my picture books for sale.

When I was an art student I was interested in painting heroic murals. A complete reversal, a miniaturization of those visions, came to suit me better and it has served me well for many years.”

 

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The Harvard Business School Club of NY at transFORM Gallery


On Wednesday, August 3rd, transFORM hosted an event for the Harvard Business School Club of New York. The HBSCNY has a rich and glorious history as one of the most vibrant alumni clubs anywhere in the world and we were very excited to welcome them to our showroom.

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“HBSCNY’s programs provide the opportunity for all alumni, at all ages and all career stages, who have graduated with a PhD, MBA or Executive Education Certificate from HBS, to work together around common passions and to add value to their lives and their community. The Club enables HBS alumni to participate and contribute in ways that balance personal and community interests, time availability and depth of commitment. New programs are created every year by groups of interested alumni to meet ever-evolving personal and community needs.”

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It was fun evening of networking and excellent conversation with the best business people as well as tasty wine and refreshments. We were thrilled to entertain the many visitors interested in our cabinetry as well as the artwork. Many guests were particularly fascinated with the work of our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege who was also in attendance.

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“Jean-Luc Mege covers, illustrates and immortalizes scenes from around the world. He has a rare ability to tell a story through his photographs. The force of the narrative comes from a unique path: Jean-Luc’s eye is imbued with great empathy, an unprecedented tenderness and an innate sense of composition.” 

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After a short period of mingling, John O’Donnell (Co-Chairman, Art Experts Symposia) gathered the 75 guests in attendance for a little presentation. He began the talk by thanking transFORM for generously hosting their alumni event. After discussing the Harvard Business School Club in greater detail, he passed the mic over to Sarah Endline.

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Over the past couple of months, Sarah has brought many interesting groups into our showroom. As an active nonprofit board contributor to the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the Billionaire Girls Club (BGC) and AIESEC Life, Sarah has many influential connections within the community — she is also married to our exhibiting artist, Jean-luc Mege!

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“Sarah received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and is now a social entrepreneur and self proclaimed ‘hippie capitalist.’ She grew up in a small farming township of 500 and somewhere along the way dreamed of building her own mission-based business. After years of contemplation, she founded sweetriot, a small mission-based company in NYC, which strives to build tasty little morsels in a different way for a different generation. Through Sarah’s travels, she stumbled upon cacao and knew she had to share it with others. The rioter team began testing it with their friends and learning that many did not know the true story of cacao. Discovered in the 1500’s, cacao is a magical, spiritual, and celebrated food from South America, Central America, West Africa, and Asia.”

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Guests happily snacked on Sweet Riots Cheeky Chia Seed and Crunchy Quirky Quinoa Dark Chocolate as they listen to Sarah’s presentation.

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Kara then got the chance to explain her innovative concept behind transFORM Gallery. Unlike the traditional art gallery format, where art is presented on blank white walls, our artwork is hung in home-like settings, making it easier for the client to visualize their own environments. The concept incorporates the fields of art and interior design into one location.

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Jean-luc spoke in detail about his first class, high end, premium composite acrylic glass photographs, which were on display for our summer art exhibit. He specifically focused on a piece entitled “First Date With… My Future Wife” stating that the photo was taken on April 1, 2009 just 15 minutes before meeting Sarah.

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His international works have repeatedly been selected as examples in press articles and exhibitions.

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A big thank you to Sarah, Jean-luc, John and Chloris Ji (Programming Events Manager) for organizing this wonderful event. At transFORM, we enjoy opening up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new relationships. It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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We’ll be looking forward to the next event with the Harvard Business School Club of New York!

Photo Blog: “Rescue Me” – A Benefit Event For The Humane Society Of Westchester


On Saturday, July 9th, transFORM hosted a fundraising event for the Humane Society of Westchester, bringing in over 100 guests to our New Rochelle Showroom and Gallery.

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The opening reception “Rescue Me” featured 16 artists from across the region, plus a gal from Idaho. The animal themed show represented both wild and domestic animals,  from lions, tigers and bears, to cats, dogs and roosters – created in a variety of mediums.

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Back in April, transFORM Gallery extended an open call to artists for animal themed artwork. After receiving dozens of applications, the transFORM Gallery committee made their selections for the upcoming show and were pleased  to welcome the new work of B.F. Sheperd, Nicole Molinari, Miriam Schulman, Susanne Reece, Bruce Withers, Laura Yager and Amelia Jones to our juried exhibition.

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“Rescue Me” also featured artwork from transFORM Gallery’s standing artists, Alexander Rutsch, Paula Barragan, Jesse Sanchez, Kathy Rutsch, Alexa Grace and Anita Lobel.

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B.A. D’Alessandro, Pasquale Miele and Lubomir Tomaszewski contributed to the sculpture portion of the show, while Gina Kingsley added four fused glass pieces.

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In an effort to raise awareness for the compassionate care and treatment of animals, transFORM Gallery teamed up with the Humane Society of Westchester, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating living environments that are not just shelters, but a transitional home for stray, lost, abandoned, injured, and abused animals, until they can ultimately be placed in loving permanent homes. Through promotion of successful pet adoption, animal population control, and public education of animal welfare issues, HSW advances our belief that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment.

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A big thank you to Beverly Royal, Keri Sershen and HSW volunteer Sheila, for bringing some furry friends to the opening reception. Guests of all ages enjoyed playing with foster kittens Yankee, Doodle and Grayce as well as Doggie Ambassadors, Lexie and Sweetums.

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Local pups, Bandit and Cooper added to the great animal vibe of the event.

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Art Gallery Director, Kara O’Neill started the artist’s talk by thanking everyone for coming out and supporting the artists, the gallery, and most importantly the Humane Society.

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“10% of the proceeds from the sale of all the artwork, not just animal themed, will go to the Humane Society, along with money generated from the pony rides and carrot and dog biscuit sales.”

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She then turned the floor over to our pony ride sponsors, Lower West Side Homecare and SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon.

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The two companies worked together to provide $5 pony rides for guests throughout the day. Hillary Sheperd owns and operates SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon with her husband and exhibiting artist, Forrest (B.F.) Sheperd – “We do dirty jobs. We may have a super storm Sandy, a hurricane or a fire but typically we’re dealing with the children who put a “GI Joe” down the toilet of a 3rd floor town house and cause a top-down river rain throughout the home. On what could be the worst day of your life, we try to save your sentimental items, we take care of the things that matter most. We get you back in your home and back to your life.”

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Lucia Pons of LWS Homecare explains her family owned business best, “We are a licensed home care company. We take care of newborns all the way up to the aging and elderly. We have physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, visiting nurses and aids that can assist you at home or in the community. We prevent people from going into a nursing home and get people out of the nursing home from New York City to Dutchess County.”

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After learning more about our sponsors, Kara brought the focus back to our exhibiting artists by asking each of them to describe the inspiration behind their animal themed work …

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Jesse Sanchez – “My cat is my inspiration, he was a rescue who opened up a whole new thing in my life. He’s a great pal, a great companion. I started looking at animals a lot differently. I started thinking more about animals and how valuable their lives are. My cat feels love, he feels pain and he’s my main inspiration for painting animals… plus I had mice so he helped with that too!”

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Bruce Whiters – “I spent a lot of time working in Lancaster County, PA. I was fascinated by these animals that were all over the place and I realized that cows are really moving art, especially black and white cows. There are no two the same and they are a painting themselves.”

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Forrest Sheperd – “It’s not that I love animals, it’s that I hate vegetables…kidding.  As far as the animals go, their ultimately home. Never in my life have I been without an animal in my family. Right now we have a small menagerie and at times a large menagerie. They have always been there. The image, the form, the undivided attention that animals provide – I have found my landing.”

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Gina Kingsley – “I love animals and sometimes I think I may love animals more than humans. I’m the kind of person that cries over roadkill. I’m very passionate about animals… and glass!”

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B.A. D’Alessandro – “I usually take some shapes, mostly triangles and I start putting them together and stuff happens and fortunately an owl occurred. That’s when I decided to submit my pieces to the show.”

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Nicole Molinari – “My family’s always had pets, they’ve always been a part of my life so what better inspiration. I love realistic paintings.”

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Amelia Jones – “I’m exhibiting in a style of chinese brush painting. There’s a whole genre within that style of bird and flower paintings, so one of my paintings is a bird and flower painting. One is a painting that I made for my cousin’s baby and it’s a homonym of her name, Mazie Bee. So, the corn and bees were created for her. The baby panda is more of a whimsy painting because I just like pandas.”

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Anita Lobel- “All the paintings that are in this show are the exact same size as they appear in my books. I didn’t always like doing animals, I used to prefer doing people in costumes, but being a children’s book illustrator, I had to learn to like doing animals. I’m still not good at dogs but eventually my husband and I acquired cats. I then really learned the psychology of a cat. The cat I really love, hence my two cat books Nini Here and There and The Cat & The Cook. I also love drawing pigs. Pigs are easy, you can dress them up or dress them down. Horses not so much.”

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In addition, Anita hosted a “Meet and Greet” book signing with a large selection of her children’s books, including Caldecott Honor Winner, “Taking Care of Mama Rabbit”. Guests really enjoyed speaking with her and having a personal message written in their Anita Lobel book.

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Maria and Pasquale Miele, owners of Saccone’s Pizzeria – New Rochelle’s go-to place for specialty pizza, amazing soups and homemade Italian ices – generously donated catered food for the event.

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Pasquale Miele is also one of the exhibiting artists showing fanciful wooden animal sculptures and oils on board and canvas.

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#TBT | Entrepreneurs Organization (NYC Chapter) + AIESEC at transFORM Gallery


On Thursday, June 16th, transFORM hosted an art show for the Entrepreneurs Organization of New York, a peer-to-peer network of influential business owners.

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The Entrepreneurs Organization is a global business network of 11,000 + leading entrepreneurs in 157 chapters within 48 countries. The New York Chapter contains over 230 active members and nearly 10,000 employees.

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As former members of the NY Chapter and Co-Founders of transFORM, Andreas Messis and Stuart Reisch, were excited to welcome many familiar faces to their NYDC showroom.

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They even gave a brief introduction on their affiliation with the group.

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Exhibiting artists Jean-Luc Mege and Rachelle Krieger also provided narratives for their beautiful artwork, which was on display for the opening reception of transFORM Gallery’s Summer art exhibit.

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During the past twenty-five years, Krieger’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in over twenty cities throughout the United States, including the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery located on the Upper West Side.

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Jean-Luc Mege began his career as a professional photographer in 1989. With an intense human sensitivity, he captures more than just photographs. When Jean-Luc takes his camera, it is to tell you a story… or to bring you in his particular universe.

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Throughout the night, guests enjoyed wine and culinary treats while mingling with participating EO members.

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A big transFORM thank you to EO’s, Sarah Endline (CEO & Chief Rioter) and Damon Gersh (President of the NYC Chapter) for their help in organizing the event.

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Additionally, we’d like to thank their respectable spouses, Jean-luc and Rachelle, for adding vibrant color and powerful image to our gallery.

In the following week, transFORM hosted a Stakeholders Reception for the AIESEC US and AIESEC Life.

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The non profit organization caught wind of our successful EO show and asked if they could hold their annual national board meeting at transFORM – of course we obliged!

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The AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-led network, creating positive impacts through personal development and shared global experiences.

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The organization brought in over 65 people, including AIESEC newcomers, alumni affiliates and multi-million dollar board members.

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The group enjoyed tasty refreshments as they browsed through the gallery in-awe of Jean-luc’s photography and Rachelle’s oil paintings.

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At transFORM, we open up our showroom to chambers, meet-ups and non-profit organizations as a way to network and build new connections within the community.  It exposes our showroom and gives people the chance to see, touch and feel what we do.

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With that said, we’d like to thank Sarah for organizing another great event.

We are already looking forward to the next one!

Amelia Jones


Eats Shoots and Leaves

Eats Shoots and Leaves

Ink, watercolor, rice paper, mulberry paper
15” x 15”

Maize and Bees

Maize and Bees

Ink, watercolor, rice paper, mulberry paper
15” x 15”

Golden Flower of Unani

Golden Flower of Unani

Ink, watercolor, tea, rice paper, mulberry paper
15” x 21”


 
AmeliaHeadshot“I can’t remember a time before I began to express my creativity through the arts. I attended public school before the arts programs were decimated by budget cuts. In hindsight it seems as if the arts were all around us. We all participated in visual art, music–both choral and instrumental, creative writing and drama. My parents arranged for additional lessons in music and dance. We regularly sang in church. In my pursuit of higher education I was fortunate to attend a liberal arts college where I was able to explore other areas of artistic expression such as textile design, calligraphy and sculpture. As a young adult I found the martial arts which led to my 30+ year practice. Through the martial arts I discovered a passion for my current path of Chinese healing arts, and study of the Asian brush.

On a visit to the Anasazi Museum in Chaco Canyon, NM, I found the words of the Diné Blessingway ceremony, excerpted here, which continue to resonate,

“Today I will walk out, today everything evil will leave me, I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body. I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me. I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me. I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me. I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.  In beauty all day long may I walk. Through the returning seasons, may I walk. On the trail marked with pollen may I walk. With dew about my feet, may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk. In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk. My words will be beautiful.”

 

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B.F. Shepperd


Baby Big Horns

Baby Big Horns

Oil on panel
12 x 7.5

The Arlington Cemetery Caisson Horses

The Arlington Cemetery Caisson Horses

Oil on panel
24 x 18

Donkey & Goat at Twilight

Donkey & Goat at Twilight

Oil on panel
17 x 11

Incense Burning

Incense Burning

Oil on panel
12 x 7.5

Polar Bears ~ Endangered

Polar Bears ~ Endangered

Oil on panel
13 x 8

Lion Call

Lion Call

Oil on panel
13 x 8

Lioness At Rest

Lioness At Rest

Oil on panel
Large Size : 18 x 28
Small Size : 13 x 8


 
Copy of 20160621_1621451Forrest Sheperd has studied as a fine artist since his teens. From High School, he attended evening and weekend classes with Cesare Borgia, the principal instructor at the Reilly League of Artists in White Plains, NY. Forrest’s figurative, American impressionist painting style is directly related to this early training Mr. Borgia founded the Reilly League, following the painting techniques of the late Frank Reilly, who was one of the most influential art teachers of his time at the Art Students League in New York. Forrest was a Reilly League member and student artist from 1980 until 1987, studying the traditional techniques of portraiture, figure painting and life drawing. These Reilly League techniques are also evident in Forrest’s composition and understanding of the science of light – an approach first promoted by the great impressionists. Forrest says that he was influenced by the full spectrum of talent among master painters, going back to Jan Van Eyck, who is considered the grandfather of oil painting.

“They were true craftsmen as well as artists,” Forrest says, adding that “The age old craft of art’ is of greater value, than adhering to any painting style, or historic period of art.”

For the past 32 years, Forrest pursued multiple degrees, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management at Syracuse University (SUNY College, ESF), and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Sciences at Purdue University. Forrest was fascinated with anatomy and mammals of all species. He graduated with honors and pursued a career as an executive in Geographic Information Systems in California and the Washington, D.C. area, before returning to New York in 2009.
Today, Forrest and Hillary Sheperd own and operate the Servpro of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon in Westchester, NY, and he paints when he can. Forrest prefers working with oils on hardboard panels.

Forrest prepares each panel with a custom rabbit skin glue sizing – that is then gessoed with a traditional recipe of rabbit skin glue, gypsum and whiting. Because panels are impractical for larger paintings, Forrest switches to fine linen canvas.
“My job is to create paintings that tell a story, using the tools of composition, color and tone – and, light of course. This gives expression to visual melodies and harmonies that I find in the natural world. If I’m successful, you can share in the emotions inherent in art.”