Felicia Forest

BS Art | Class of 2020

Felicia Forest is an artist, who has lived in Tonawanda, NY for the past ten years. She studied for a Bachelor of Science in Art; exploring previous and present artists. Using color ideologies, color schemes, and materials such as paper and canvas, she was experimented with materials to use for art. Her work consists of more abstract form and shapes, and she still works in multimedia as she chooses. Despite having a learning disability for her entire life, she grows stronger in her studies and understanding of histories, cultures, and art as she pushes her boundaries further.

email: felicia.forest@daemen.edu

Artist Statement
As a child, I loved art—drawing a rose from observation and creating original characters—even though I did not have any explanation back then about my disability. From elementary to high school, I loved art and explored many materials, mediums, and techniques. My art is different than most art students and artists. Most of my art is about experimentation and color ideology; with precision and accuracy in matching colors with shapes/forms of my focus—whether it is still-life, landscape, photography, or even sculpture and ceramics. Living with a learning disability—even during high school—I had trouble adapting my artistic skills, because I left areas of my work flat and undefiled. During my studies at Daemen College, I met many wonderful art professors. They all showed me how college level classes work, as well as new techniques. After six years, I was able to push myself to succeed. Most of my work is in sculpture, serigraphy, ceramics, and photography. My drawings and paintings improved with more detail, and I advanced my skill in creating my signature style. Most people with disabilities have trouble learning mentally and physically, unable to perform at college level along with other students, but I managed to push my boundaries further, listening to my mentors as I continue to draw/paint/ or create art until I know when it is done. Some students do not try their hardest and some of them leave classes—whether they like it or not. I would not allow myself to fail. Instead, I worked hard and studied with the amount of time I had, and never give up until I accomplished my goals. Whether an artist has a disability or not—as long as they have passion and determination—they will never give up and succeed.

Blue Kitten; 2018.
This is an image of myself at age twelve, when my cat was only eight weeks old. I used Andy Warhol’s primary color palette for inspiration including a yellow background, orange skin, blue kitten, and red shirt, which separated each area of the image. I then printed black details over them. 

Ellicott Creek; 2017.
This is a photograph of Ellicott Creek. After I photographed the image, I used Photoshop to bring in light, creating a sense of holy light from the sun beaming down on the trees, making this landscape feel like a sunny spring.
Hand Figure Drawing; 2014.
This piece was a first try at detailed figure drawing during freshman year at Daemen College. It took two weeks to complete, using a kabob stick to make accurate measurements before I sketched out the hand. I used my drawing pencils for drawing and shading details, and used a kneaded eraser to work with shading.
Industrial Chandelier; 2017.
 Featured is an acrylic painting of a vegetable strainer. I also added wires, followed by adding color, including grey, brown, and yellows. I used repetition to make more than one vegetable strainer, which turn this piece into a industrial chandelier
Still Life; Oil Painting; 2018.
The composition was created using a perfume bottle, a wooden circular box, and a pair of scissors. To represent a clear bottle, I used alternative purple hues to represent it. The background is painted in primary colors using organic forms. Shadows were left out behind the scissors and in front of the bottle and box.
Watercolor Abstraction; 2019.
I used ultramarine blue, crimson red, and violet brush strokes to create abstract forms. I also used black, where the tip of the brush created the abstract lines, circles, and balanced the calm and cool colors.