Tony Forrest has been painting for twenty eight years and while much of this has been African wildlife, there are many places in this world which have inspired artists for hundreds of years and Tony's art is expanding into different areas such as the fishing harbours around his home in Cornwall. Painting in oils and sometimes in acrylics, he is very much inspired by light and atmosphere and these are the chief qualities that he looks for in his work, one of the chief inspirations being the play of light and the water reflections surrounding the colourful old fishing boats together with the moody colours in the Cornish skies.
Clarendon Fine Art invited him to join them on board the world famous Cunard Queen Mary 2 in January 2018 and also the Queen Elizabeth in 2019 for one week to talk to passengers about his wildlife art. This was a huge success with nearly every painting on board being sold during the cruise. Tony also did a live painting demonstration as well as meeting people in Clarendon Gallery for various events. That story can be seen on the artist's wildlife website by clicking this link: Queen Mary 2.
Tony has never tired of capturing the magical light in Cornwall, be it Mevagissey, Mousehole, St.Ives or anywhere else. Technicalities are of less importance; he is more interested in the atmosphere of the place and the visual excitement of the moment. Painting in oils or acrylics, Tony loves the richness and vibrant colours of the paint and the best quality pigments afford him the colour and depth that he craves. The textures created with thick paint are also an important part of the process, giving a tactile feel to the finished work.