Artist Carla Forrest

An example of fine art by Carla Forrest

Photo of Carla Forrest
  • FASO Artist Website: http://carlaforrest.com

  • Year Born: 1951

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Doctor of Philosophy (2006)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Science (1974)

  • State University of New York, Oneonta, Bachelor of Arts (1974)

  • Price Range: $150.00 - $5,200.00

The Artist Says:

I approach art as an observer of the soul, enlightening the viewer about the presence, wonder, and dignity of nature and life. I want the viewer to value place and person in a space of spirit and heart and bring this illumination into their personal environments. While painting en plein air, I think about scale and how insignificant and unimportant we are in relation to the natural elements like mountains, rivers, foliage, and fauna. I think about light—warmth and cool—and the play of highlight and shadow, and how nurturing our sun is in bringing life and death to our world.

Collectors Say:

Excepts from Building Layers in a Palette Knife Painting Written by  Bob Bahr
Forrest, who attributes her love of painting with a palette knife in part to her study of sculpture, is inspired by Emile Gruppe's color palette and the Pointillists' method of placing two colors side by side to let the eye blend them into another color. She's a first-generation Russian who favors Russian impressionism. Between the texture created with the palette knife and Forrest's saturated palette, the resulting look is distinctive.

Dealers Say:

Local Treasure

For the eighth year, the Albuquerque Art Business Association is honoring area artists who not only excel in the arts, but who have given back to their communities. By sharing their time, talent and passion, the Local Treasures help give birth to the next generation of art lovers and artists and sustain the hope that New Mexico will continue to be home to thousands of working artists for many years to come.
I am honored to be selected as a Local Treasure for 2015, nominated by Purple Sage Gallery, Old Town, Albuquerque! Writes Anita Blythe, Gallery Owner, "Her personal artistic mission integrates awareness of environmental conservation, community connectivity, and creativity. As the first elected President of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Carla helped found and incorporate the organization as a 501(c)6 non-profit to expand this integrated mission into an artistic community dedicated to preserving and promoting painting en plein air - in the open air or outdoors. During and after her tenure as President of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Carla supported numerous art events and fundraisers for nonprofit environmental organizations, such as the Albuquerque Open Space Alliance, Friends of New Mexico State Parks, and the New Mexico Water Collaborative. Plein Air Painters of New Mexico has grown into an internationally recognized artistic organization with over 200 members and continues to promote public awareness about the natural, historic, cultural, educational, and recreational aspects of conservation and critical water issues through art exhibitions and events such as the Public Lands Exhibition and the Santa Fe Plein Air Festival."

Other Artists Say:

"Thanks and congratulations for your work that adds to the beauty of the world around us. Your light, your range of colors make you a full-fledged artist that fits into excellence."


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