The oil paintings of northern Michigan artist Richard Forrest have many facets: the variation of color in each rock, the texture of each leaf, the delicate feathers of birds, and the light moving over and shadowing an object. All attest to his wonder and marvel at creation. He captures his surroundings in vivid realism, which creates enduring memories of our great outdoors.
Forrest, a Muskegon native who moved to Leelanau County more than two decades ago for the fly-fishing, found inspiration in the freedom and charm of the north. While he used to paint a lot of birds and fish in his free time, he has slowed things down a bit. Now he focuses primarily on the many landscapes that catch his eye.