Artist Statement

Through my early work with soft sculpture composed primarily of hand-dyed wool, I immediately realized that I closely identified with the material. Experimentation with oil paint on this unusual medium has lead directly to the work I produce today. Nearly ten years of refining the process has resulted in a texturally unique body of art in both form and content.

By utilizing the depth provided in the wool's natural topography, I create an atmosphere for the subject matter that helps me convey a sense of its touch and its feel. For each piece, I attempt to invoke the “second skin” sensation one gets from a wool sweater, blanket or gloves.

The combination of images and textures comes from an instinctive and personal place, producing a statement of what I see and feel. Whether painting on coarse material such as wool or by attaching soft sculptural elements to a canvas I attempt to create a tactile translation of a deliberate thought or idea.

 

Education

1999              B.A. in Fine Arts, David Lipscomb University Nashville, TN

 

Solo Exhibitions

2011             Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT
2010             Dorset Library, Dorset, VT
2008             "Warm Woolen Paintings", Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2007              Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
2006              Dorset Library, Dorset, VT
2005              Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
2004             “Flora and Fauna” Dorset Library, Dorset, VT
2002             “Sketchbooks and Other Works on Wool” Union Station Gallery, VT
2001              Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011             "White", Three Graces, Portsmouth NH
2010              Edgewater Gallery, Spring Awakening, Middlebury, VT
                      Three Graces Gallery, Teeny Tiny Art Show VI, Portsmouth, NH
2009              Three Graces Gallery, “Raegan Russell & Tiffany Torre”, Portsmouth, NH
                      Three Graces Gallery, Teeny Tiny Art Show IV & V, Portsmouth, NH
                      Southern Vermont Arts Center, 80th Annual Members’ Exhibition, VT
2008              Three Graces Gallery, Teeny Tiny Art Show II & III, Portsmouth, NH
                     “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                      Terry Lindsey Equidae Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
2007/2006   “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
2005             “Works by Phyllis Lee and Tiffany Torre” Dorset Playhouse, VT
                     “Little Picture Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, VT
                     “National Fall Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Collectors Gallery” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
2004             “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
2003             “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
2002             “Annual Juried Festival of Fine Art” Art’s Alive, Burlington, VT
                     “Little Picture Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, VT
                     “National Fall Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Collectors Gallery” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Annual Winter Exhibit” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Etchings” Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
                     “Annual Juried Festival of Fine Art” Art’s Alive, Burlington, VT
                     “Little Picture Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, VT
                     “National Fall Show” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
                     “Collectors Gallery” Southern Vermont Arts Ctr, Manchester, VT
1998              Showcase Exhibition, Juried Show, Beaman Library, Nashville, TN

 

Awards

2002              Vermont Studio Center, January Resident Artist, Johnson, VT

 

Gallery Representation

Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT
Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, VT
Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH