Painting

Winter Art

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I have been on an art tear lately.  The Picasso Sculpture exhibit at Moma, the Van Gogh Bedroom exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and, in my little town, an exhibit at the Rye Arts Center called Winter White: The Absence Of Color.  Nothing cures the winter blues like beautiful art!

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Artist Focus
Forrest Rodts

As It Should Be

As It Should Be

I have known Forrest Rodts since I was 21.  He is a great friend and VERY talented.  We met through his sister who I worked with at Bain & Company, my first post-college job.  At the time we met, I think Forrest worked in investment banking.  Luckily for all of us, he followed his passion and started painting full time.

Forrest Rodts

Forrest Rodts

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

What is your training?

“Self taught.”

Inside Out

Inside Out

When did you start painting?

I started painting in college.  I had always liked to draw, but started with paint freshman year, the fall of 1979.  I graduated with a Economics degree and a minor in Studio Art.  Pursued a career in Investment Banking, then Acting in New York, then started painting full time.

Sea Shelf

Sea Shelf

Why did you start painting / motivation?

I liked to draw and painting was the next possible progression, adding color to the creative process.  I also realized I was more suited to painting than banking or acting, I had a knack for it.

What Lies Ahead

What Lies Ahead

Where are some of your favorite place(s) to paint?

Anywhere there is water, but I especially love to paint on Nantucket.  I’ve spent most of my summers on the island and it’s the place closest to my heart.

4th of July

4th of July

What inspires you?

Light and the way it changes.  Especially how it plays off water.  Also memories, times from my past.

Shadow Crossing

Shadow Crossing

Do you paint everyday?

No.  My weekends are for my family.  As much as I love to paint, it is my job and I treat it as such.

After the Rain

After the Rain

Who has influenced your work?

Andrew Wyeth has had the biggest influence on my work.  I love the detail and the feel of his work.  There is such emotion in his painting and I try to elicit that as well.

Assessing the Surf

Assessing the Surf

Who is your favorite up and coming painter?

There is a young guy who lives in North Carolina who is a high school friend’s son who is really exceptional.  He mainly paints fish and birds, but is unbelievably talented.  His name is Ryan O’Sullivan.

Yacht Club Race Day

Yacht Club Race Day

Fantasy place to paint?

I would love to retire to the islands and finish my career painting the light blue waters and palm trees of the Caribbean.  Half the year in New England and half there.

Lit From Within

Lit From Within

Dream accomplishment / project?

I would love to be widely know for being a great painter, beyond Nantucket and the people I know.  Also, to have a painting that everyone recognizes as mine.  It would be nice to just paint what I want and not to worry about sales at all too.

Window Shell

Window Shell

Go-to inspirational cocktail?

Either a Gin and Tonic or Mount Gay and Tonic.  I’m a summer guy.

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Favorite summer activity, besides painting?

I’m a beach person.  My favorite thing to do is to be at the beach with friends and family.

Crossing At Great Point

Crossing At Great Point

Are you working on anything now?

I am always working on something.  There is always something on the easel or an idea in my mind for the next work.  Currently I am finishing work for a show on Nantucket on July 10th at Quidley and Company Gallery.

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The artist!

Forrest has original works at Quidley and Company Gallery on Nantucket and Granary Gallery in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard.  He can be reached directly through his website:

forrestrodts.com

and his Facebook page:

ForrestRodts

and his Instagram account:

@forrestrodts

 Some of Forrest’s paintings are available in print form (see on his Facebook page under “prints make great gifts”) and he will also do a commission painting if you are interested.  Father’s Day is coming up!  A painting or print of one of his great pieces would be a wonderful gift.

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Memorial Day Giveaway

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Time for a summer GIVEAWAY.  This little 16″ x 16″ painting could be yours!

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I have used these colorful landscapes in a lot of rooms.

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Bedrooms.

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Living rooms and an office.

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Office

Office

In this office, the painting determined all of the fabric and furniture colors: orange and blue.

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These colorful landscapes get me in the mood for summer!

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So, if you would like a chance to hang one of these paintings in your home, enter my Memorial Day GIVEAWAY.

16" x 16" Giveaway Painting

16″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas Giveaway Painting

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Email me at: liz@thewryhome.com to enter.  Please put The Wry Home Giveaway in the subject line and let me know if there is anything that has inspired you from reading the blog or newsletter.  Please sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already!

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I will announce the winner the week of May 25th in the next The Wry Home blog post.

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Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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