“Hi I really enjoyed painting your photograph”….a quick first message and a friendship was forged! Holly Forrest first got in touch with us through the power of Instagram. She asked if she could paint some more of our photographs as she found them inspiring for a series of paintings that she was thinking of doing. We were so honoured and excited, it was a definite yes from us! I cannot tell you the excitement we feel when we get tagged in a Holly Forrest post! It’s an amazing feeling!
Holly Forrest is an accomplished watercolour artist from Southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Greatly influenced by the art of Philadelphia, she earned her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design there. Currently, she draws from the abundant beauty and nature of her vibrant home life for her inspiration. She is a featured artist in the Watercolour Addicts Gallery and a part of the International Watercolour Society. She also has an occasional art show at the Quarryville Library. Holly and her husband live on a farmstead with their ten children, two dogs, two cats, some sheep, pigs, and chickens.
“As a child my parents provided art books, like Jansens History of Art and The National Gallery of Art, as well as books on the Impressionists. I poured over these books, taking in every brushstroke and color. When I was about ten I decided I was going to master the human form, especially, portraits. It was a goal that took years to accomplish. Over the years my style has changed somewhat, and I am constantly learning. Teaching is also a love of mine.”
Holly also completely took our breath away when she offered to send us some signed limited edition prints to help raise funds for the work we do for the project, THANK YOU HOLLY! We have been sent the 'Aspire in Salcombe' print. Holly certainly has captured the moment of contemplation that we had that day in Salcombe, at that point we had visited 17 ports, sailed for 43 days and almost completed our journey of 1777 miles. We all took a moment to reflect in the journey of our circumnavigation on our last stop before our arrival back in our homeport of Plymouth. Such good memories! The Aspire 360 expedition was, as I am sure many of you are aware, such a momentous occasion for us as it marked the return of Morvargh after four years of battling to save it following discovery that the standing rigging on Helen Mary R needed replacing. This painting somehow captures all of that, the reasons why we continued to fight for Morvargh, the marking of that epic journey that eight young people took with little or no sailing experience and how it changed them as a group.
We are also very excited to announce that each of the young people from Team Aspire, who are the stars of that particular print, will be receiving a limited edition print as a gift to treasure as a memory of their adventures on #ASPIRE360.
If you are interested in owning one of these beautiful signed limited edition prints they are £38.99 and all the proceeds go back to supporting Morvargh, they will be available in our new shop shortly! But get in quick we only have a limited stock!
Please go and show Holly some love by following her on facebook, liking her on Instagram, her artwork is stunning you won’t be disappointed, it’s a fine add to any Instagram feed! She has originals and prints available of her beautiful work
Watercolour Addicts https://watercolouraddictsgallery.com/gallery24.htm
Holly Forrest Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hforrestartworks/?hl=en
Holly Forrest Fine Art Facebook https://www.facebook.com/whenmorninggildstheskies/
Holly Forrest You Tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0iinNMmlNHuc9wnrPxg3uw
She also has a brand new website coming soon!
We are so honoured and truly humbled that Holly chose to paint some of our photographs. Thank you Holly, words can’t express, thank you for your support of us and our work with young people, we hope one day to meet you in real life!