About Forrest Moses
Since the 1960s, Forrest Moses has been contemplating America’s diverse natural landscapes and translating them into paintings, prints, and photographs through which he seeks, as he describes, “to discover nature’s truth and give life to a painted image by understanding the rhythms and pulses behind appearances.” For him, art making is a vehicle for engaging closely with nature, whose southwestern desert plains, serene woodlands, and ever-changing lakes and streams fill his loose, expressionistic compositions. Moses holds abstraction and representation in dynamic tension in his works, foregrounding the shifting impressions of light, shadow, color, and line on the scenes he portrays. His service as a Pacific naval officer introduced him early on to Japanese ink painting and to the principle of wabi-sabi, a conception of beauty as transience and imperfection—approaches that define Moses’s own imperfectly beautiful visions of nature.
American, b. 1934, Virginia, based in New Mexico