Farming pictures and all things Rural
Painted by Anthony Forster
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|The above image is a detail taken from the picture Tally-ho. and is available from fine-art-america
as a 5x7 greeting card. click the image for details.
|St. Mary & all Saints
The above image is a watercolour of
St. Mary & all Saints Whitmore Staffordshire, UK
and is now available from
fine-art-america. In various formats. click the image for details.
|Our Daily Bread
|The above image is a watercolour of |
The Post Office corner shop in Woore
on the boundary of Cheshire and Staffordshire, it is now available from fine-art-america. In various formats. click the image for details.
Horse and Hound pictures : working dog pictures : springers
: collies : labradors :
collected British watercolour artist Anthony Forster was born in 1941,
in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, between the
moorlands and the once smoke laden skies of the bustling six towns that
form the Potteries.
In the 1950's attending the Staffordshire Junior Art school "Portland
House" and from there on to Burslem College of Art in Queen street,
stomping ground of another Smallthorne born artist Arthur
until 1967, he worked as a premiere ceramic artist in the prestigious
Flambe department at Royal Doulton, Burslem, experiencing the giant
pottery industry first hand. An active member of the Royal Doulton
Art Society, for several years, Forster exhibited in the Society's
annual exhibition - often as a prizewinner.
Between 1967 and 1973 he was a draughtsman honing his artistic skills
with the accurate drawing required in the drawing offices of industrial
giant GEC at Stafford as a layout draughtsman and technical illustrator.
was a happy year with a wedding in March, beginning a new life with
his new wife Jill, a new home a new job and in December a new baby
August 1970 saw the arrival of their second child another beautiful
In 1972 tragedy struck the young Forster family - Jill, his wife,
was taken ill and diagnosed a victim of Multiple Sclerosis, their
daughters Stephanie and Justine were aged 4 and 2.
Due mainly to his wife's failing health they decided a job nearer to home was neccessary, so from 1973 to 1977 he worked as a layout draughtsman for Simon Hartley's of Etruria which was less than five minutes drive away from their home.
For six years, from October 1977, Anthony stayed at home to look after
days before Christmas 1983,
aged 39 .
September 1984, his first major one-man exhibition was staged, dedicated
to the memory of his beloved Jill. It was opened by Sir Richard Bailey
CBE, then chairman of Royal Doulton, at the gallery of Hood and Broomfield
in Newcastle under Lyme.
One of England's foremost narrative artists, he has never lost his
love for the county of his birth, up to Summer 2012 he lived and worked from his
studio in May Bank, a district less than a mile north of Newcastle-under-Lyme. A move to the USA is expected in January of 2013.
impressive body of work includes the scenes of the North Staffordshire
towns, the Potteries, also the moorlands and the beautiful, ever-changing
countryside that links them. From windswept moors to rolling pastures,
his paintings delightfully convey Staffordshire's infinite charm and
surprise, evoking the simplicity of rural life and the bustle of the
1984 working closely with his agents/publishers Hood and Broomfield,
Forster has produced hundreds of paintings. Many of these images being
published as Limited Edition Prints
reached thousands of satisfied collectors of his work all over the
1989 and 1994 Royal Doulton commissioned twelve paintings, comprising
three series, each containing four works. The first four plates were
produced in 1989 under the series title "Village Life". These were
so well received by collectors, that in response to popular demand
a further four plates were introduced in 1993.
theme was developed and the following year saw the introduction of
another set of four, equally delightful, plates with the new series
title of "Farmyard Companions", adding to an ever increasing range
of collectable representations of Forster's work on china.
These last four were also published by Hood and Broomfield, introducing
their "Signet" series of fine art prints.
book by Michael Doulton ... "Discovering Royal Doulton" shows the
2nd. set of four plates, and comments on the long-standing association
that Forster has had with the firm, having at one time
been an artist in the prestigious and world famous "Flambe" department
at the Nile Street works
in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
He no longer teaches watercolour painting at any North Staffs venues, but still administers an on-line
Early in 2013 he will be joining his eldest daughter and family in the Sacramento area of California's central valley. Painting in watercolours and perhaps watercolour tuition will continue to be his main interest and of course photography and website design.
To view photographs of the Sacramento Valley near to where Tony will be living, visit
the website of Photographer Stephen Fischer. For views of The American River
Well I finally made it - I'm here in California
I arrived in San Francisco International on Tuesday January 8th. 2013 we were met by Paul and Margaret (Maggie.) Then drove up the interstate 80 to Citrus Heights,in Sacramento County where My daughter Steph' lives with her family, we will be staying here for several weeks, until we find a house to suit our combined needs.
Notes from Tony:-
Sacramento County in the Sacramento Valley will be where I'm heading. As this is soon to be my home. I will add a few links of interest. Fair Oaks is a splendid place to live and has many historical snippets worthy of adding here.
The American River is a local tourist activities natural resource.
The famous Red Bridge. Has been the subject of many articles and is a favourite place to visit for locals and out of towners.
And of course there are the feral Chickens of Fair Oaks.
An interesting history of the Fair Oaks bluffs can be seen here -
Saving the FAIR OAKS BLUFFS
I have added a web-page to this domain called "Finding Fairoaks" with details of the first few months of my experiences settling in to our new house in Fair Oaks with several photos to add a touch of interest.
|3 views of the American River - Click on any thumbnail for a larger view