Atmospheric paintings inspired by our emotional connection to the coast and countryside
Tori Tipton is a contemporary landscape painter who lives and works in West Yorkshire. She's at her happiest with walking boots on and a map in hand, exploring the rugged beauty of the British coastline. When out walking she takes in her surroundings, absorbing the atmosphere of a place. These captured moments join her memories and as such her work is an amalgamation of recollections and more recent observations and experiences which, when returning to the studio, translate into atmospheric sea and landscape paintings.
Tori currently works from her studio which looks out onto the open countryside of Yorkshire. This constant connection to nature creates a more direct relationship between her source of inspiration and the easel.
It’s the emotional connection to our place in nature that I explore in my paintings. Nature is often associated with peace, calm and beauty, but nature also has a wild side that encourages us to be free to express ourselves. It is these wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance that I explore in my atmospheric oil paintings.
My work emerges from many layers of oil paint which give my paintings substance and texture. By focusing on the energy of a place rather than an actual representation I aim to suggest a sense of solitude and contemplation in my work. I’m not a painter whose work is predominantly about recording every nuance and fine detail of the natural world. My work is more about expressing my inner feelings and my connection to the elemental forces of nature.
I don’t usually inform the viewer of the location behind the inspiration of a painting. Instead, I prefer them to make their own interpretation and offer a chance to pause and reflect on the memories and emotions that the often powerful or sometimes benign presence of nature evokes.