I like to pay homage to other artists, but do it in my styled interpretation. There are many highly-skilled artists in the world, so many who are far more skilled than I. But, too many of them are indistinguishable from one another and they look much the same in style. I would rather fail trying to create something different, than succeed creating what others have already done. Even when I draw or paint in homage to Picasso or Rembrandt, I will create my interpretation of their work, not a copy of it. Then, when I return to a pure theme, I will bring some of those legendary artists with me, which is always evolving in my work.
Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.
Art website (paintings for sale): http://allen-forrest.fineartamerica.com/