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article imageArt Makes Miracles in Natchitoches, Louisiana Special

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 27, 2009 in Entertainment
Art is central to Natchitoches, Louisiana. On Cane River the Roque House has been featuring the work of local artists. The work of Del Forsloff, renowned jazz artist/illustrator was featured in April, making a miracle for himself and the town.
Forsloff has been an artist for more than 60 years. He began his study of art at the age of 12 at the Portland Art Museum, then went on to refine his education at the Burnley School of Professional Art now the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts. Since then he has continued his career in art through many different venues.
For a while it looked like Forsloff’s career as an artist might be over. He was stricken with myasthenia gravis during the past year. His eyes first became blurry. He took a bad fall. Then he developed double vision and began to be unable to do close work.
After months of diagnoses and therapy, the doctor gave Forsloff, who had exhausted different types of medications and trial therapies, a miracle medication. In celebration of his new-found, renewed energy and vision, he started back painting several weeks ago, refreshing his array of paintings for display in Louisiana.
Commercial art became Forsloff’s first venture into using his talents as a young man. He became Art Director for several department stores in Portland, Oregon before going on to work at the Seattle Times and becoming a manager of a group of Seattle artists doing portraits at the Seattle Center. The independent experience as an artist became a call that Forsloff heard, so he eventually moved to New Orleans to join one of the most famous art colonies in the country.
Jazz Art
This is the type of jazz art that Forsloff became famous for in New Orleans during the 1980's that he has continued to perfect and now displays in Louisiana galleries.
Carol Forsloff
While in New Orleans Forsloff owned and operated an art gallery in the French Quarter and worked with his fellows around Jackson Square. He became known for a special kind of art depicting jazz scenes. He continued to refine this art over many years, accompanying it with paintings in the magic realism genre. Forsloff also continued doing portraits and began to develop a style of caricature that became refined later when he moved to Hawaii.
Portrait of Woman and Cat
This is an oil painting of Carol Forsloff done in Hawaii, among the number of portraits that Del Forsloff has done over the years.
Carol Forsloff
In Hawaii Forsloff worked in a number of different areas, contributing his talents to free lance areas with tourists, doing portraits and caricatures as well as commercial art. He worked as the artist on the famous Windjammer dinner cruises where he also performed part time as a musician with his accordion.
Forsloff never forgot some of his best artistic roots, returning to Louisiana for a brief period in Lafayette from 1990 to late 1992, where he owned and operated a gallery and continued to sell his paintings and those of others, and painted Louisiana art scenes, portraits and caricatures. After retiring from working with veterans in transition to work programs in Hawaii, and working part time as a painter, Forsloff returned to his art in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he continues to paint and assist his wife with a bed and breakfast in the Historic District of Natchitoches.
Mother of Laura of Laura Plantation
This is a plain pencil portrait that people say is so real that one can almost hear the person in the portrait speak. Del Forsloff can draw portraits in any medium and make a beautiful likeness in any painting.
Carol Forsloff
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