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Forrest Moses '56 and “Sylvan Waters” in Santa Fe

If your July travels find you in Santa Fe, N.M., you’ll want to take in “Sylvan Waters,” a new exhibition of paintings and monotypes by Forrest Moses, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1956.

As Forrest told the Albuquerque Journal in an article about the show, “I have loved water for years. I have been painting streams and ponds and lakes for a long time. I like the details of water places. Those details can be abstracted more easily than anything else, especially reflections. I prefer to work in reflections because that takes away the realism of the actual landscape.”

On his detailed and handsome website, forrestmoses.com, you can view many examples of his work, which encompasses oil paintings, monotypes and photography. He’s also combined his images with his words in a limited edition book, “Forrest Moses,” printed in Italy and published in 2001.

Forrest was born in Virginia and received a B.A. from W&L. Following graduation, he served in the Navy, traveled in Europe and studied at the Pratt Institute, in New York City. He then lived and worked in Houston and on the Monterey Peninsula of California before settling in Santa Fe in 1969.

He’s had more than 40 one-man shows around the country. This one, at Santa Fe’s LewAllen Galleries, runs until July 29.