Forrest Elliott is a painter exploring color relationships and how they are translated through the experience of seeing onto a two-dimensional surface. He works within the landscapes of coastal Southern Maine and the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. He received his B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire with a minor in History. His work has been featured in Clover + Bee, Design*Sponge, and Studio Visit. He is represented by Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Sandwich, New Hampshire. He is currently a full-time artist based between York, Maine, and Newland, North Carolina with his husband, Dana.
Painting the landscape challenges me to transcend the boundaries of my location and identity. I translate color relationships through observation and personal recollection in my work. Nuances of color and light are distilled to create essential forms, sometimes allowing the viewer to see just enough.
Working within two distinct landscapes, coastal Southern Maine and the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, I blur many of their geographic qualities on the canvas. Specificities of a defined place begin to disappear. By stretching the boundaries of an exact time of day, the vibrancy of a specific season, or how light dances across physical planes of space, the landscape becomes ambiguous. Neither here nor there – somewhere in between.
Observation, invention, and memory coalesce in my process. Each helps inform decisions I make when creating sensitive palettes, the quality of a shape’s edge, or the compositional language of a painting. I revel in the notion that the electricity of a color or the sudden shift of the palette knife or brush across the canvas has the ability to alter our perception of reality. Painting, for me, is the act of translating the experience of seeing onto a two-dimensional surface. By doing so, I am creating a sense of place independent of a specific geographic location.