We had the good fortune of connecting with Forrest Jorgensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Forrest, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Being able to utilize my creativity to make an honest living is a blessing, and I’m very grateful for this life. I’ve been making all sorts of stuff since early childhood, like drawings, stories, Lego complexes, etc.. I have an innate drive to inspire awe and reverence in the hearts and minds of all who interact with my work. I have to help people personally experience even just a taste of the nature of what’s actually happening right now. I have to help peel back the layers of unconscious social conditioning and assumptions that have been cast over humanity. So, to answer your question, I never had any other viable option. It’s all or nothing for me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is intended to be visionary in nature. Even in mundane photos, like detail shots from a wedding, I want to transmit a glimpse of what it’s like to contact infinity. In my poetry, writings, and visual art this is also uniquely expressed.

I got to where I am professionally by a large variety of factors. The reality of things is often wildly complex and sublime. I had a fair bit of social capital going into my emergence as an artist. I’ve been skilled from an early age at drawing, and developed my creative senses very early due to this. I also spent more time in college doodling and making pieces than actually studying. So, maybe that’s not a good choice for everyone, but for me it’s fine.

I just want to transmit a bit of unexplainable magic into people’s experience. I live to light the way for any and all.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If they’re into hiking and being outside, I’d say we go to Palo Duro Canyon. We can spend all day out there. After that we can grab some Ethiopian food from this local spot. Then when it’s dark maybe walk around downtown and do some night photography. Or go home and paint. If you’re not afraid of getting a little risky, I can get us on a rooftop downtown.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carl Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Porphyry, the Buddha, Shiva, and all the other indescribable beings that have aided the strange dream of life..

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Image Credits
All photos and drawings by me, except the photo of me. That’s by Kelsey Peeples.

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