Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Larry Forgard’s art interests inspired him to study at The Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Art, leading to a career as a graphic designer and art director; working for over 20 years at a number of advertising and graphic design studios in Chicago. His career in both studio and freelance venues gave him the business and art knowledge which led to his future love and opportunity to become a college instructor at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

His teaching career included 26 years in the college program plus continuing studies and workshops in North Carolina. After retiring from Ringling, more time has allowed him to continue his exploration using new techniques and ideas in his work. He has also given many lectures and television interviews relating to his journey exploring the creative process.

Larry has juried into many shows and captured top honors in painting competitions and is in many private collections across the country. He has exhibited his paintings in Chicago Ill., Atlanta Ga., Louisville Ky, Cincinnati Oh., Washington D.C., New York City and in Florida in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Palm Beach, Captiva, and Sarasota.