ARTIST STATEMENT - "I’m a wildlife artist, painting native plants, animals, insects and sea life. As a small child I taught myself to draw. I work in water-based mediums including watercolor, ink and acrylic. My work combines delicate rendering with loosely flowing brush stroke, and writing as a form of mark making. My process for choice of subject matter, color and composition is intuitive. Recently I’ve become interested in biodiversity and studying endangered plant and animal species. I carefully research the subjects for a painting in order to tell the story of each fragile creature and its interrelationship with its environment. On a symbolic level my work often explores the theme of life and death including both the beauty and heartbreak of existence."
BIO - Torey Wahlstrom paints native species of plants and animals in a contemporary naturalistic style.She has been drawing wildlife since she was a young child. Torey has always been fascinated with the natural world and her work is inspired by the creatures she observes on daily wanderings outdoors. Torey never formally went to art school, but took classes at the Art Students League in New York,San Francisco Art Institute, and the Art Center of Pasadena. She has certificates in Native Plant Studies and Botanical Illustration from the North Carolina Botanical Garden.Torey has exhibited her work at the North Carolina Botanical Garden,Blowing Rock Art Museum, Spartanburg Museum of Art and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.