Forrest has been passionate about creating art his entire life and always knew he eventually would pursue this dream as his career. After completing his BFA and MA at Miami University of Ohio, he taught all genres of art at the high school level.

Now dedicated as a full-time artist, Forrest's style ranges from varying degrees of realism to abstraction. Relying on intuition and emotion, he uses rich color and texture to capture energy in his oil paintings.

Forrest is also available on a commissioned basis for customized pieces of artwork for your home or business. To see his paintings and work-in-progress, visit Forrest at his working gallery in the South Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, at 54th & the Monon shops.



Best Technique, Hoosier Salon, 2018
Best Plein Air Painting Award, Hoosier Salon, 2017
Award of Distinction, American Impressionist Society, 2016
Best Oil Painting, Hoosier Salon, 2016
Award for Traditional Landscape, Hoosier Salon, 2016
Outstanding Oil Painting, Hoosier Salon, 2015
Best of Show, Indiana Heritage Arts, 2015
Best Contemporary Painting, Hoosier Salon, 2014
Ada Schultz Award, Indiana Heritage arts, 2014
Outstanding Landscape in Oil, Hoosier Salon, 2013
Best of Show, American impressionist Society National Exhibit, 2010
Award of Excellence, Indiana Heritage Arts, 2009
Outstanding Traditional Oil Painting Award, Hoosier Salon, 2009
Best Work, First Time Artist Award, Hoosier Salon, 2008
Miami University Graduate Fellowship Award, 2001-2002
Miami University Alumni Scholarship, 1996-2000


Check out a time-lapsed video that documents the entire process for a recent commission from start-to-finish by clicking here: Video of IU Health Saxony Painting



Forrest Formsma Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN

Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

Gillespie Gallery & Design, White Sulphur Springs, WV



Indiana Governor's Mansion, Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, IN

Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis, IN

Allison Transmission, Indianapolis, IN

IU Health Fairbanks Building, Indianapolis, IN

IU Health Saxony Hospital, Fishers, IN

University of Indianapolis Jones Lang LaSalle, Indianapolis, IN

Brain Surgery Worldwide, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

MDWise, Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, IN

Playmakers Athletic Footwear, Okemos, MI

Charles E. Hagan, D.D.S., East Lansing, MI



American Impressionist Society

Oil Painters of America

Hoosier Salon

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association