Forster’s earliest memories are of drawing and painting, fascinated by how with just a pencil and paper these illusions appeared.
Forster started painting in watercolour as a 13 year old, selling his first painting at 14 participating in local amateur group shows throughout school years eventually holding his first solo exhibition in 1993. In 1998 he opened his first studio gallery in a disused nightclub in Hexham.
In 2001 he started spending extensive periods in Mexico, North America, and Asia before settling in Otago, New Zealand. During this period, he immersed himself in painting and sketching and reading art history. This was a period of massive creativity that moved him into areas of subject, thought and technique he never imagined possible.
Returning to the UK in 2003 he established his studio and gallery. Throughout this time while his painting was dominated by watercolour. He continued to maintain that very cutting edge level of trial and error in his work that he developed abroad.
“It has always been the immediacy, the instantaneous spontaneity of watercolour has appealed to me. The most underrated, misrepresented and misunderstood of all the painting mediums. In theory of course it’s simple; you can only lay a darker colour on top of a lighter one. The implications of that have taken me 20 years to come begin to overcome. I’m a watercolour purist; I use no white paint, no highlights, no masking agents, only the paper. Unlike other painting mediums with watercolour there is no room for error, there is no pause, no rewind, only forwards, and no means of correction. It must be executed perfectly first time around, like an actor on a stage. This makes its performance as a medium all the more impressive, what it can do, the emotions it can stir, the visions it can achieve are it’s alone.”