After studying art at college in the late 80’s Tori spent her early adult life trying to contort her "square pegged-ness into a round hole" by pursuing a ‘sensible’ career. After having her son that she began to listen to her intuition and chose to follow her passion of becoming an artist, predominately painting seascapes in oil.
Now painting full-time, Tori uses visual memory as a point of reference for expressive seascapes. Taking inspiration from childhood visits to the North Wales coast and more recent family trips to the coastal villages of Yorkshire. The paintings are a combination of distant memories and recent observations from these visits, semi-abstract seascapes that always remain recognisable as such.
The paintings which Tori creates are a personal response to the affinity that she feels with the sea and in particular its relationship with the ever-changing weather of the British Isles. Finding the nature of the sea and sky are in themselves abstract and offer limitless combinations of colour and texture. By adopting a simple composition of land, sea, and sky, her semi-abstract forms are a response to the atmosphere and sense of drama that the constantly changing elements never fail to provide.
Tori aims to suggest a sense of solitude and contemplation in her work. To offer the viewer a chance to pause and reflect on the memories and emotions that the often powerful or sometimes benign presence of the sea may evoke.