Spring 2015, Volume 18

Photos by Sarah Katharina Kayss

For Alternate Non-Flash Gallery

Image information:
Family, Mother and Sons – oil on canvas panel, 12x16, 2014
Mt. Diablo California Poppies – oil on canvas, 24x30, 2010

Port of Seattle #3 – oil on canvas panel, 11x14 2012
Seattle Transit Bus Turning – oil on canvas, 18x24, 2012
Seattle, Roosevelt District Neighborhood #2 – oil on canvas panel, 8x10, 2013
Vancouver Gastown #4 – oil on canvas panel, 8x10, 2013
Woman Smoking, Girl Holding Baby Boy – oil on canvas, 24x30, 2012

Artist Statement:
Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing a magic—sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising; leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art makes me lose all sense of time and place and go inside one long moment of creating. Whenever I feel a painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint. The colors are the message, I feel them before my mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy in your art, then you’ve found something worth holding on to.
Art website: http://allen-forrest.fineartamerica.com/
Twitter account: https://twitter.com/artgrafiken

About the Artist:
Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.