Tori is an Edinburgh based artist, born and bred in Hampshire. She was first introduced to watercolours by my aunt when I was 21, but was too impatient for the traditional method of painting so developed her own unique style; applying the paint first in a loose expressive manner and then drawing the fine details afterwards in pen.
This lively painting style enables her to express the life and vitality of her chosen subject, with the pen strokes working to contradict the chaos of the paint, anchoring the piece together.
The inspiration for her style of artwork has many sources. A love of fashion illustration introduced her to the idea of combining pen and wash, whilst an interest in the works of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Ralph Steadman helped her embrace the art of the paint splat. The love affair with the fine liner pen comes from her time at college where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration.
Tori developed her skills as a painter in between studies at University where she earned a First Class Honours Degree in Creative Advertising. Within a year of leaving university she left her advertising dreams behind, and managed to turn a painting passion into a career.
Today she spends time concocting ways that her artwork can benefit wildlife and conservation charities, as having lost 50% of our planet’s wildlife in just 40 years, it’s imperative that we act now to protect what’s left.