J. Edgar Forkner was an artist related to two significant American art colonies. Forkner was an early and important member of the Richmond Group and of the Puget Sound Group in Seattle, Washington. Studied at the Art Students League of New York with Beckwith, Wiles, Chase, and Frank Du Mond. Worked in Chicago and Seattle as well as Indiana. He exhibited regulary at the annual shows of the Hoosier Salon and the Seattle Fine Arts Society as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to his death, the Seattle Art Museum mounted a major retrospective exhibition of his work in their largest gallery. He was known for landscapes, cityscapes, floral still lifes and of northwest harbor scenes. His work is represented in the Richmond Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Seattle Art Museum. The J. Franklin Fine Art gallery in Seattle organized a large exhibition of his work in 2008-09.