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Artist Chrissie Forbes


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I live in Vancouver, Washington.  In 2004, retired after 30 years of teaching in Eugene, Oregon, and I took up painting.   I started with water colors, moved to acrylics and then settled into oils.  I consider Sarkis Antikajian my mentor.  I took several classes from him and love his impressionistic loose style.  He is also a friend.  So oil painting became my new career and ever so much fun!   
 
I have been very fortunate to be able to travel widely since retirement.  Our trips have been usually followed by many paintings of the places we visited.   Norway, Argentina, Chile, Holland, Spain, Canada
 
The wildflowers, skies and wildlife of Texas have captivated me and have been an endless source of inspiration.  The clouds can be so intense and colorful, the flowers eye-popping, and the longhorns mesmerizing. 
I was honored to be asked to give a one-person show the month of June 2009 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
 
I've been fascinated by the power of crashing waves since a childhood of swimming and playing on coast of Southern California.  So it was only natural that I would have to figure out how to capture that power on a canvas. 
 
In 2014, I returned to the tall trees and beauty of the Northwest.  I joined the North Bank Artist Gallery group and met many wonderful artists who have become friends and inspirations.   Due to rising rents, the gallery was forced to close but the camaraderie and salons continue.
 
After chancing on a perfect October day at the Butchart Gardens in fall, I got busy painting the incredible things I saw.   My favorite painting is one looking up through the branches at the red, yellow and green leaves of a fall tree. 
 
Another passion is painting nebulae.   To paint a nebula is to ponder for hours the immensity of the [...]

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