Robert Jeffrey Forbes

[ Age 57 ] State's hallmarks inspired artist.

November 27, 2007

Robert Jeffrey Forbes, an artist who used the name Peter Keating to sign his works of farm buildings and landscapes, died of a heart attack Nov. 18 at his home in Campbellsville, Ky. The former Reisterstown resident was 57.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Reisterstown, he was a 1967 McDonogh School graduate. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

"He always loved nature. He loved Maryland, the cloudy weather and cool, damp days," said his mother, Helen McKee Forbes of Glyndon. "He liked to paint what he called the bare bones of the trees - the bare, wet, black branches."

Family members said that Mr. Forbes was artistically inspired by the Worthington Valley, the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, where he sailed. In 1976, he moved to Bucks County, Pa., and adopted the name Peter Keating. He traveled extensively and painted in the desert West, southern Appalachia and Nova Scotia.

He worked in pen and ink, watercolor and oils. His art was reproduced by the Primrose Press. Among other places, he exhibited at the Golden Door Galley in New Hope, Pa., and at the Gallery on the Green in Woodstock, Vt., where he had a home. In March 2004, he moved to Campbellsville when he married Robin Gallery Rhodes.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include a brother, C. McKee Forbes of Owings Mills; a sister, Dr. Christie M. Forbes of Reisterstown; two nieces; two nephews; and four great-nephews.

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