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Isabel Forbes


About the Artists:
Award winning artist, Isabel Forbes, grew up in Spartanburg, SC. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be an artist. Upon completing high school with a Scholastic Art Scholarship, Forbes began her art education at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree.
Forbes was employed as a full-time graphic designer and illustrator and worked for various companies in their Marketing Departments. She believes learning is an on going process and continues to develop and refine her artistic talent through workshops with renowned artists such as Alex Powers, Charles Sovek, Sigmund Ables, Sue Lyons and Burt Silverman. Forbes primarily paints in oil and occasionally creates completed works in graphite. She primarily works in her studio using her outdoor sketches or “plein-air” paintings as inspiration.
Forbes is a founding member of the Charleston Outdoor Painters Association (COPA) and a board member of Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg.
“My goal is to reveal something new about the familiar. I choose my subjects because I have a personal response to them, or a sense of familiarity. I carry my sketchbook and watercolor pad and make thumbnail sketches to get the feeling, light and space of each location, then return to the studio to develop the forms in oil.


Associated Exhibitions
Summer Wind - Book Signing & Group Show
Mary Alice Monroe's second book in the Summer Girls trilogy, The Summer Wind, is the inspiration for this group show of paintings by a few of our summer girls!
June 3 - June 21, 2014
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Postcards from Charleston & Sullivan's Island
December 6, 2013 - January 31, 2014
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Postcards from Charleston & Sullivans Island
Little gems by Isabel Forbes, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Ann Lee Merrill, Douglas Grier and Jim Darlington will be featured Dec. 2 - Jan 31 with an opening reception at the First Friday on Broad.
December 2, 2011 - January 31, 2012
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Innocence and Grace
A Group Show featuring the figurative work of Jim Darlington, Sue Foell, Isabel Forbes and Beth McLean
October 7 - October 31, 2011
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Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row
Saturday October 8 from 6-8 pm, Gallery Row will host the annual ticketed event ($25) "Taste of the Arts on Gallery Row" produced by the Charleston Restaurant Association as part of the "Southern Living ® Taste of Charleston".
October 8 - October 8, 2011
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