Forrest Rodts’ finely detailed landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and illustrations reflect his love of the ocean and the unspoiled serenity of New England’s coastline. Over the years he has developed a personal style that combines color, light and composition with meticulous draftsmanship. His intimate crafting of details make the familiar come to life in a brilliant acrylic palette. Although Forrest has painted landscapes with an eye towards capturing the realism of sunsets, stormy skies, sparkling blue oceans and white capped waves, more recently he has produced dramatic works that reflect his long standing interest in marine history and the sailing tradition.
“My paintings represent my continued study of water and light combined with my love of sailing, history and the ocean. My goal is to be as realistic as possible while still producing an aesthetically pleasing painting which will draw the viewer into its mood.”
Rodts graduated from Hobart College in upstate New York in 1983 with a B.A. Degree in Economics and a minor in Fine Arts. Growing up, he spent summers in Siasconset on Nantucket and in 1982 began showing his paintings with the Artist Association of Nantucket. In 1988 he set up his first full one-man show at the New Street Gallery in Siasconset. Since then Forrest has continuously exhibited on Nantucket.
Rodts has won numerous awards as a member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Artists Association of Nantucket and the Marblehead Arts Association. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Forrest currently lives with his wife Linda, and two sons in Massachusetts.