Dana ForresterDana Forrester began painting Corvettes about 1989, two years after buying the 1966 Sting Ray Coupe he had wanted since childhood. He had always loved Corvettes in general, but the lines of the Sting Ray Coupe made the car seem like sculpture as well as a sports car.

Dana’s first Corvette paintings were of his own car and meant only for his own pleasure. He has no intent of showing them publicly. The series of paintings he was known for nationwide and with which he made his livelihood were of the brick wall signs often featured behind Dana’s cars.

A fellow club member encouraged Dana to show some of his Corvette paintings which were so well received that in 1990 he published his first limited edition series of a 1960 red and white Corvette in front of a brick Chevrolet dealership.

That image sold so well that Dana decided to spend about half his painting time with the Corvette image and half with the regular brick images. Now, almost all of Dana’s painting time is dedicated to the automotive subject.

Because each painting takes so long to complete, Dana can only create a small number of original watercolors each year. Most originals become limited edition prints, except for the custom orders that Dana creates for private clients.

Dana Forrester is a native of Kirksville in northeast Missouri and graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) in 1969 with a BSE in Art Education. After spending time as an illustrator in the U.S. Army, Dana moved to Independence, Missouri, to teach advanced high school art, where he simultaneously pursued both his teaching and painting careers.

While searching for a subject that would combine a design-oriented composition as well as allow him to use his drawing and painting skills in an extremely detailed technique, he developed the brick wall series that has become the centerpiece of his national reputation. He has won many awards in regional and national exhibitions and art festivals, was elected into membership in the prestigious American Watercolor Society in 1981,and is one of the few painters to become a member of both the American and the National Watercolor Societies.

Dana envisions his work as a study in realism with abstract composition, not as a study of a nostalgic subject. He continues to explore the theme of brick buildings and advertising art, plate glass window reflections, neon signs, commercial storefronts, and collector automobiles. Dana uses photographs as a formulative beginning for many of his paintings, preferring to delete some items from a photo and add others to enhance the painting. He believes photography should serve only as a reference for authenticity of detail and not as a crutch to limit an artist’s creativity. His paintings are included in many private and corporate collections worldwide. His work has been published in such magazines as:

American Artist, US Art, Signs of the Times, Down Memory Lane, Corvette Fever, Vette, Shark Quarterly, Vette Vues, Super Chevy, Old Cars Weekly, Mustang Monthly, Mustang Illustrated, All Chevy Magazine, and the Robb Report.

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