The 6th of 7 children Mr. Forks, was born in San Antonio, Texas to a military family. He began a successful career in commercial art shortly after graduating high school. He initially worked and learned production art at River City Studio, owned and operated by San Antonio art legends George Hughey and now notable painter and signature member of PAPA, George Strickland. After River City Studio, he worked as co producer of Southwest Airlines magazine and as illustrator for Concept Enterprises, (the original Koozie company) before venturing off to open his own illustration and design firm.
After 20 years self employed, and the revolution of the digital age, Mr. Forks went to work in the printing industry where he continued through September 2016. None of these positions however, fulfilled his real desire to paint. He shelved those aspirations while he raised a family of 4 boys finding little to no time to paint along the way.
The untimely passing of an older brother to cancer in late 2006 opened his eyes to the fleeting of time and realization that it was time to make his dream a reality. In October 2008 he began painting on a daily basis in oil and acrylics. His style is ever evolving and varies from very loose and fast to tightly worked pieces. Mainly a landscape painter, he finds inspiration in Gods creations everywhere.
Mr. Forks has recently relocated to Del Rio, Texas to be in closer proximity to both, the Texas Hill Country and The Big Bend region.
My life long dream has been to paint for a living. It is my vocation and my life blood. Now that my children have grown and I have become a grandfather, the time to make that dream a reality is here. My favorite subjects are scenes of the Texas Trans-Pecos including the Big Bend region and the Texas Hill Country.
Master Signature Member of the Artists of Texas
Member Outdoor Painter Society
Listed Artist with AskART International Artists database
Visual Language Magazine Feature Article July 15, 2013
May 2013 Top 15% Boldbrush Painting Competition
Davis & Co. Art Gallery, Spring, Texas May 2015
Plaza Club, June 2016, San Antonio, Texas
A FEELING OF HUMANITY: WESTERN ART FROM THE KEN RATNER COLLECTION. Mattatuck Museum, 2014.
Rockwell Museum of Western Art, 2015.
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, 2015.
Museum of the Big Bend, 2016.