Frank Forsman beautifully depicts portraitures by using watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media.
Etch: How long have you been involved in the art scene and what makes you intrigued with it?
I took my first class in 1994 and participated in student exhibitions. After a few years in classes, I took almost a twenty-year break from art before I jumped in it again when I came across the fabulous medium acrylic.
E: Do you think art/creativity has inspired you or has broadened your life and if so, in what ways?
I have always been creative and I am sure that side of me always been working on my side in many aspects of my life. I am always searching for solutions to problems and that is something I really need in my art when I try to solve difficult parts in painting.
E: What, artist (musician, painter, sculptor, author. etc ) dead or alive, inspires you to create the things you do?
I’m not really into the old masters’ paintings, I am more interested in their lives and have read a lot about them, but I cant say that any specific painter is my inspiration.
E: What is your creative process? How do you get in the zone for your creativity? (what are your rituals, habits?)
Mostly it is a thinking process, I have an idea that I wanna do, and have already painted it in my mind before I go to the canvas. I sometimes make small studies or sketches just to see how it works on paper.
E: If you’ve learned one thing through your creative life, what would you tell aspiring young artists?
Don’t choose the safe way out of fear of messing up a possibly great painting, it is when you challenge your fear of failures you will create your best pieces. Those words cant be said enough.
E: If you could tell your 5-year-old self-today a lesson you’ve learned by being an artist what would that be? (in other words: what is something you’ve learned now that you wish you had known growing up?
Challenge yourself, that’s when you start growing.
E: What is one thing the art world is missing today that you think it needs more of?
Free thinkers, people who are thinking out of the box.
See more of Franks’ work at https://www.instagram.com/pictures_by_frank/