Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Torrie Smiley

Torrie Smiley at
The Mystery Artist Show and Sale

In the beginning of my art path, I first saw Torrie on EBSQ and was so impressed with her style and the fact that she was self-taught.  She was definitely a role model for me! 

She says on her profile that she "is originally from West Texas, now living and painting in the foothills of North Carolina. I am primarily a self-taught artist who paints using oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. I have become known for my different renditions of pears, ranging from realism to colorful impressionism. I am a Juried Artist and my award winning Martini Series is a fan favorite." I'm particularly fond of her pear series:

She's also a fellow Daily Painters International Art Gallery artist. Please check out her wonderful art here.

Each Wednesday I will try to profile a fellow DPIAG artist or another artist of my choosing.  There is so much incredible talent on the web and we rarely get a chance to meet some of these amazing artists! Stay tuned!


Audrey said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing DPIAG's blog. What a beautiful group of artists!

Maria Soto Robbins said...

Thank you, Audrey! Yes, they are:)

Torrie Smiley said...

Dear Maria,

Thank you so much, you are too kind.

I have always wanted to be an artist, but was not able to pursue that path. In 2002, at 43-years-old and the children grown, I decided to follow the dream. I checked out every book in the library to learn how to use the supplies and just painted what was in my head. Being a single mom on a tight budget, I began selling my paintings on eBay in order to support my "addiction to painting". I guess you could say the rest is history. My children refer to it as my "hobby that has gotten out of control". I must say I have met wonderful collectors and artists on my path and my little paintings now have homes all over the world. My dream now is to one day be able to paint all day every day~

Thanks again for your kind words and for following my work.


Maria Soto Robbins said...

Thanks for sharing, Torrie.
It's my pleasure to do this!