21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Forrest Dickison


Forrest Dickison, Spring on the Clearwater, oil, 24 x 36.

Forrest Dickison, Spring on the Clearwater, oil, 24 x 36.

Art Education: I studied with Daniel Keys at The Palette Project, and I received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Idaho. The rest comes from life, books, and the internet (in that order).

Style: I’m currently imitating the depth and realism of Isaac Levitan, the brushwork of George Carlson, and the compositional precision of Hiroshi Yoshida. Ask me again in a week.

Creative Spark: Light of all kinds.

Second-Choice Career: I think I would don a wet suit and scuba gear and become a marine biologist, and hunt for treasures in my spare time.

Other Passions: I love everything about animation, especially when it’s hand-drawn. I also love basketball, both playing and watching it.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I’m a full-time illustrator, mostly for children’s books.

Pet Peeve: That sneaky bit of paint that has no identifiable source, yet it manages to leave its mark on everything you own.

Quirkiest Trait: You’d have to ask my lovely wife, but since she’s not sitting next to me at the moment, I guess we’ll never know.

Mantra or Motto: “Think like turtle, paint like rabbit.” Or something to that effect. I can’t remember who said this.

Favorite Studio Music: Johnny Cash, bluegrass, folk, and occasionally Weezer.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: If we’re limiting this to a work I’ve seen in person, it would probably have to be a fantastic little study of a Viking ship by N.C. Wyeth. The blues in that sky stick with me to this day.

Future Goals: Direct an animated feature film.

Price Range: $200 to $8,900.

Representation: Montana Gallery, Billings, MT; Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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