Art is in her blood. Poetry is in her marrow. The daughter of two gifted painters, Forest Rogers is an adept and innovative illustrator, painter and sculptor. Her work possesses an undeniable lyricism, a musical quality. There’s a fluid and free flowing nature to her use of line and form, yet each piece is precise. Forest knows when her work is finished, when every detail, or lack of it, is exactly as it should be.
Her work possess an old world charm, perhaps because of the artists she admires, the artists who inspire her. They are, she writes “The ‘Golden Age’ illustrators: Kay Nielsen, Rackham, Dulac and company, whom I found on my grandparents’ mysterious bookshelves. The Symbolists. Medieval and early Renaissance art and illumination. Russian iconography. The Pre-Raphaelites, Waterhouse, etc. My great aunt Mabs, sculptor and expatriate. My mother, Lou Rogers, painter, sculptor, writer. Oh yes, and Bosch & Bruegel!”
You can see their influences in her work. Sometimes brilliantly colored, other times softly muted, her design sense and her palette are perfect for each piece. One of her most recent pieces, “Si j’étais le Petit Prince” is an ideal example:
So, too, is “Red and the Wolf”, a masterwork done in the difficult to master air dry clay:
Forest’s fantastic busts exhibit the same exquisite choices in execution:
A member of the elite and juried National Institute of American Doll Artists, a three time nominee for the SF & Fantasy Artists’ Chesley Award, and a finalist in this year’s Spectrum Competition, Forest Rogers initially pursued a degree in stage design at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and then went on to earn an MFA in Costume Design. Yet, she has made her way in the world as an illustrator, painter, and sculptor. Despite her theatrical training, despite the dynamic qualities and concepts seen in her work, Forest does not exhibit a flair for the dramatic. What she does exhibit is a flair for the “just right.”
Whether it’s a pen & ink illustration , a collaboration with her mother Lou Rogers for the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, PA., or a series of dinosaurs for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Forest has always shown an acute sense of what’s necessary for the spirit to survive. She is, as Jordu Schell noted recently, “A visual poet.” Her work “a feast for the eyes, a balm for the soul.”
Oh, she can write, too. She does that very well.
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