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Artist Spotlight: Tori Schoeler

Meet our May “Featured Artist”, Tori Schoeler.

We are thrilled to feature Ridgewood artist Tori Schoeler in the Gallery. Tori balances her art with her family, as a busy mother of four, Tori draws inspiration from her family’s travels and enjoys helping her clients evoke memories of their own travels and moments in time.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Tori and learn more about her and her works.

What would you say your motto is as an artist?

My life motto which carries over into my motto as an artist is “Do you what love and love what you do”.It has been a dream come to true to paint for art lovers and patrons who want to enhance the beauty of their homes.

Where do you get inspiration for your art?

I get inspiration from travels, nature, especially the ever changing sky, color combinations, images in my head, and everyday life moments. My mother taught me to “look up” for “glimmers” and I truly feel them everyday and put those glimmers on blank canvases.

How would you describe your art style?

My art style is always changing. I love being an eclectic artist and experimenting with different concepts. I find it so satisfying to paint abstracts because I get to paint expressively and creatively and use all different colors and tones to create shapes and forms all throughout my paintings. Painting seascapes comes naturally to me because I am most free and happy on any given beach. Just like my taste in fashion, I love trying new art trends and see what works for me.

What is something that not many people know about you (that you don’t mind that we share)

3 fun facts:

  1. I met my husband when I was 11 years old (and still have a crush on him).

  2. I was an extra on an episode of the 90’s mob hit show… better known as The Sopranos.

  3. I golf Lefty

What do you hope people “get” from your art?

All my artwork is original so I hope each piece speaks directly to the individual who hangs it on their wall or displays it on a shelf in their home. I hope a VTS piece gets conversations started and sparks a feeling about a time or place in your life that you don’t want to forget.

What is your favorite painting/piece of art and/or artist?

Everytime I go to the Met I visit the painting Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage. Her facial expression is so captivating and his use of gold leaf inspired me to try it in my paintings. The deep blues and greens in the garden are so rich and vibrant. I also love anything by Matisse. It’s hard to pick a favorite.


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