First Friday features Forney’s Line, Light and Color


The Ohio River Valley Artists Guild is pleased to feature this month the artwork of Richard Davidson Forney. Plan to meet Ric at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-7 p.m. He will be there to discuss his works with the public that evening and every Thursday afternoon during September.

His subject matter goes from the simplest rose to very intricate pen and ink drawings. He likes to try it all. He works in various mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, colored pencil, and alcohol ink. Ric has always been intrigued by light and textures. His current work on display at the Cox Gallery consist of works in the various mediums. Ric ’s goal is to have a piece of art for everyone.

Ric said “Thirty years ago, I got inspired to once again pursue my art by taking a class from James D. Werline at Clermont College while working at an automotive dealership. His class confirmed my desire to take up art once again. The time came when I retired and it is history now. Not a day goes by that I do not work on my art, whether it is a simple drawing or a complicated painting. I am forever grateful for his influence and believing in my ability.” Ric goes on to say, “After taking a colored pencil workshop offered through ORVAG with Debbie Hook, I have found colored pencil to be my medium of choice. I currently serve as Vice President of the local Colored Pencil Society of America and recently returned from the International Colored Pencil Society Conference. Colored pencil allows me to use my drawing ability to create the detail of my drawings combined with light and color. I love the challenge it offers. I found that I improve with each and every piece.”

Ric was born in Harrisburg, Pa., but was raised in the Cincinnati area. He resides in Hamilton, Ohio, and is a board of director for ORVAG. He earned his first Best of Show award in high school with his pen and ink of “Penn-Central.” After enlisting in the Air Force, he did not let his artwork go unnoticed. He entered an international competition to design the Division patch for the US Air Force Commissary Services. Later that year, while stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Ric won first place for his logo depicting Caesar Rodney on horseback heading to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote as the delegate from Delaware for the Declaration of Independence for Dover’s Bicentennial Celebration.

While stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Ric continued his art studies through courses offered by the University of Maryland on the base. After his honorable discharge in 1983, he used the G.I. Bill to continue his studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Ric’s exhibit is free and open to the public. His exhibit is on display until Thursday, Oct. 4, at the ORVAG Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third Street, Maysville. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Please enter thru the ORVAG gift shop located on the first floor. If you are unable to come when the gallery is open, please contact Dee Werline, 513-314-1175, to make other arrangements.