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Creator Spotlight: Holly Forbes - Abstract Painter

Updated: Jun 16

Holly Forbes headshot. Wearing all-over-print t-shirt with one of Holly's colorful abstract paintings.
Photo courtesy of Holly Forbes

Meet Abstract Painter and Registered Dietitian, Holly Forbes


Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL


I create for: Business and Hobby



Creative Avenues

  • Painting - abstract painter

  • Print-on-demand apparel and products




Background


I always had a deep love and appreciation for fine art. From a young age, arts and crafts were my favorite pastime, and it was evident that I had a natural talent for it.


However, as I grew older, I was torn between my love for art and my academic abilities in math and science. I ultimately decided to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics, as it seemed more practical at the time and I had a strong desire to learn more about the impact of nutrition on disease.


In 2021, I decided to pursue another one of my passions, painting. I have experimented with various forms of art, from crocheting to card making, but it is painting that truly captured my heart because it is very welcoming and forgiving.


I love abstract art because it allows me to express myself freely without any limitations or expectations.




Philosophy and Inspiration


At the heart of my art is a profound belief in the transformative power of color and joy. I believe that vibrant, colorful art has the ability to uplift spirits, evoke emotions, and bring a sense of peace and happiness into our lives.


My work is a celebration of life’s beauty, expressed through bold hues and dynamic abstract forms that invite viewers to experience a spectrum of feelings and thoughts.




GALLERY

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Holly Forbes standing next to her painting "Self Love's Silhouette" at ArtServe's Looking Forward Exhibit.
Holly Forbes, Abstract Painter, standing next to pieces at Co-Space in Miami Gardens

Self Love’s Silhouette Featured at ArtServe’s Looking Forward Exhibit 30 x 24 in.

From March to May 2024, I had the opportunity to have 4 pieces on display at a co-working studio in Miami Gardens called, Co-Space. One of the pieces sold. The others are listed at hollyforbes.com/originals

Holly Forbes, Abstract Painter, with her vendor setup at the Fort Lauderdale MASS District Art Walk and painting live.
Holly Forbes with her paintings "Hope Keeps Us Alive" during a solo exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Reading Center

Featured here is the painting, “Dream Big” as well as me in the process of painting live. Dream Big February 2024 vendor at the Fort Lauderdale/MASS District Art Walk. 8 x 10 in. (Framed to 11 x 14 in.)

Hope Keeps Us Alive Solo exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Reading Center. Multi-size, 4 piece set

Photos courtesy of Holly Forbes




Creative Journey


My work encompasses colorful and vibrant abstract paintings, prints, and an array of merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, phone cases, yearly calendars, and puzzles.


Looking ahead, I envision Holly Forbes Art becoming a recognized and sought-after name in the art world. My goal is to create dynamic and uplifting abstract art that resonates with individuals worldwide, spreading happiness and igniting emotions. I aspire to see my work in prestigious spaces such as hotels, restaurants, luxury homes, and even on television.


Holly Forbes winning Honorable Mention at Broward Art Guild's Spring Exhibit for her painting, "Blaze in Love".
In April 2024 two of my paintings were a part of the Broward Art Guild’s Spring Exhibit. Featured here is “Blaze in Love” which won an Honorable Mention. 36 x 36 in. on canvas Photo courtesy of Holly Forbes

More importantly, I want my art to continue being a source of peace, joy, and inspiration for people from all walks of life. I look forward to exploring new artistic techniques, collaborating with other creatives, and expanding the reach of my work.


The journey of Holly Forbes Art is a testament to the power of following one’s passion, embracing change, and finding joy in the creative process.

 



Achievements


My art has been recognized and celebrated, earning an honorable mention for my painting “Blaze in Love” at the Broward Art Guild’s Spring Exhibition and featuring in exhibitions like ArtServe’s Looking Forward and NAMI’s Artful Minds event.




How do you do what you do? Give us some insights into your tools, techniques, and creative process. 


I create vibrant, abstract art using heavy body acrylic paints and a mix of tools like brushes, gold leaf, resin, crystals/minerals, spray paint, and stencils, guided by intuition and emotion. My process involves layering colors and textures to evoke movement and energy.


To expand my art's reach, I partner with a print-on-demand service, offering merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, and phone cases. This allows me to focus on creativity while ensuring high-quality products.


My goal is to bring healing, inspiration, and joy through both original artworks and everyday items, infusing life with color and positivity.




Abstract painter, Holly Forbes' display at the Sunny Side Up Market at Society Las Olas
Part of my display at the Sunny Side Up Market at Society Las Olas in January 2024 Photo Courtesy of Holly Forbes



What advice or tips can you offer someone interested in doing what you do?


Follow your passion and embrace experimentation. If you don't know how to do something, the internet is your friend. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes—they lead to discovery.


Connect with others in the industry.


Most importantly, just start! The first step you take will lead you to your next step. 




Any upcoming events, projects, shows, appearances, or collaborations?


I'm excited to announce a month-long group exhibit at Plunge Beach Resort and a solo exhibit at Charlie St. Flowers Coffee Shop.


I'm also hopeful to participate in an Art Basel event this year, along with a Christmas vending event. Stay tuned for more details and join me in celebrating art this season!




Connect with and Support Holly


Holly Forbes at the Fierce Females Showcase at Black Box Studio in Miami Florida
My table at the Fierce Females Showcase at Black Box Studio in Miami, FL Photo Courtesy of Holly Forbes

Website: HollyForbes.com (subscribe to Holly's newsletter to stay up to date on news and updates)


Purchases

Purchase original paintings or unique products at Hollyforbes.com


For any collaborations or to request a commissioned piece, email hollyforbesart@gmail.com



Socials

Follow Holly on Instagram @hollyforbesart




 

Thanks for checking out our Creator Spotlight on Holly! Drop us a line below if you know of another creator you think we should feature or if you would like to be featured. We love supporting our fellow creatives!


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