OBX Watercolor Impressions

“Crab Shells and Barnacles” 8″ x 10″

New in the gallery, some lovely impressions of the Outer Banks captured in watercolor by artist Torey Wahlstrom.  When I came across Torey’s work I fell in love with the simple but compelling subject matter, that captures some of the most specials things we like about our Island home!

Torey says ” I came from a blood line of artists. One grandmother was a tough German who made abstract expressionist paintings and lived in Manhattan across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The other – a sweet Irish storyteller grandmother who lived by the sea – grew huge tomatoes in her garden and taught me how to quilt. My mother is a watercolorist and collector of birds nests.”

Torey says that she has always painted and made things since she was very small, but somehow managed not to follow an early dream of going to art school. Instead she says “I tried so many different jobs . . . . office work, window display, teaching yoga, marketing, graphic design.  But I always secretly continued to paint.  I decided I had too many piles of paintings stacking up. It was time to take them out of the closet.”

Torey’s creative process is sparked by excitement.” I’ll be freaking out I’m so enthralled about the patterns on a little shell or the color variations on a flower stem…..things that most people wouldn’t notice. Then I put the obsessive part of my brain to good use by focusing it on the painting.” Torey as hlived in India and has studied meditation for many years, which she believes helps her to concentrate deeply and quietly.

Nature is the center of Torey’s work and even in her spare time she volunteers caring for wild animals (bobcats are her favorites) so it has been a natural tension to keep her art work and the materials she uses as earth friendly as possible, and also donating 10% of the profits to wildlife and nature charities.

Studio 12 has a selection of Torey’s 8″ x 10″ water color prints by themselves or framed in cedar wood.  Studio 12 will be open Thanksgiving week 9:30am to 5:30pm!

 

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