Tony Forrest has been painting wildlife for 30 years and has seen many fascinating and beautiful places. He has had many oil paintings published and has exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries in the country, including Harrods in London. One of his early exhibitions of wildlife with a much celebrated gallery was an immediate sell-out. His work has hung in the Mall Galleries in London and galleries in Florida USA. Tony has also donated paintings to Tusk, Born Free Foundation and Africat in Namibia raising thousands of pounds for conservation projects.
Best known for his work in Africa Tony has recently been exploring other areas of art including the rugged coasts and harbours of Cornwall and, more recently, the wonders of Venice where his first visit in 2016 gave him a whole new set of visuals and ideas to work with. "Venice is an incredible city, with hoards of people creating an immense atmosphere in addition to the wonderful light which has inspired many artists for hundreds of years."
During my working life I have met many great people in Africa. My first ever safari was to Tsavo in Kenya when I didn't have a clue what I was letting myself in for. I remember flying over Africa and looking out of the window of the plane with the kind of excitement a child might feel if they were flying to the North Pole to see Father Christmas! It was all a new experience and I stayed at a lodge called Voi in Tsavo West. Since then I have been to Africa too many times to recall but all of them have brought something different and added to my wildlife art experiences.
Conservation is never out of my mind these days and I have a real fear for the future of our animal friends who have as much right to a peaceful life as we do. I hope Governments one day open their eyes and see what is happening to the natural world as a result of poaching.