(1925 - 2012)
Paul Peter Forster was born in Buffalo, New York into a strong Catholic family in 1925. At the age of eight he became the youngest member of the Albright Art Gallery Association. That same year, 1933, he began studying at the Museum School with the nationally renowned watercolorist Robert Blair.
After spending time in the Army Air Corps during WWll, Paul attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree in 1952. He met his wife Peggy while at BYU and during the early fifties they spent time on her family’s farm where he painted and did odd jobs before their move to Ontario, California where Paul painted and taught art.
The late fifties took them to Henderson, NV where Paul opened a small studio at The Last Frontier, a section of town designed to look like the Old west. During that timeframe, Paul painted many murals for the Mormon Church, including one in Hawaii that took two years to complete.
From 1960 to 1963 Paul taught art, painted, and was the chairman of the art department of the L.D.S. schools of the South Pacific in Tonga. After returning to America in 1963, the next six years were spent teaching art and serving on the faculty board at Brigham Young University. He left BYU in 1969 to paint full-time and teach part time, including a rehabilitation program taught through the Veterans Administration.
Part of the 70′s were spent living in an Airstream trailer and traveling extensively in the Four Corners Area of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Later, they moved to Santa Fe, where Paul sold paintings through Fenn Studios, then to Draper, Utah and then to Columbus, New Mexico. Peggy passed away in 1988 and after her death, Paul sold their house and moved to Oregon for a period of time, then to Kansas City and returned to Columbus, New Mexico in 2004.
Paul loved desert southwest; the peace, serenity, culture and the quality of light, that only the desert can provide, reawakened his creative spirit. Late in life, he painted quiet moods and remote scenes; people, at one with their environment, were the focal point of Paul’s work.
Paul exhibited in many international galleries and his paintings are in many private and public collections world world- wide, such as at The Valley National Bank, Phoenix, AZ, the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT and the private collections of Jane Fonda and of Burt Reynolds.