Revealing and sharing the truth about the beauty and goodness around me is why I create art. Every day I feel a childlike freedom as I observe colors, textures, and contrasts of simple things, especially in nature. I love to transform an empty canvas into a full, detailed story of my subjects in living color. It is more than the mechanics of painting or drawing; it touches me spiritually when I see the image slowly coming to light.
I am committed to perpetuating the historical painting and drawing practices of artists from the 16th and 17th century with contemporary subjects. I begin with a detailed drawing, mass in colors, and meticulously build the paint layer over layer until finished. The subjects I choose and the realistic style of my work invites people into each piece where they may connect to their own truth.
Norma Torti is a New Hampshire seacoast artist specializing in classical representational oil painting. Her interest in art history and where she grew up influence her choice of subjects and style of painting. She has over forty years of painting and drawing experience and education in a variety of mediums from oil to pastel to woodblock printing and clay and steel sculpture. Norma’s years of business experience in the corporate world and B.S. in Marketing from Southern NH University has been an essential part of her art business success.
Norma currently displays her realistic still lifes, landscapes, and florals at Ceres Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, Frisella Fine Art Gallery, Hampton Falls, NH, and Paper Moon Gallery, Newburyport, MA. Her award-winning paintings were exhibited at galleries in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee, and Missouri, and published in a Boston publication, Studio Visit. She is an active member of the Oil Painters of America and National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS). She was chosen for inclusion in the “Artists of the Seacoast” fundraiser for Families First. Her work was showcased in the NOAPS International Exhibition and National shows, “Best of America.” Norma’s body of work, “Honoring Juddy” was exhibited in several solo shows and at the Children’s Museum of NH exhibition, “Music: The Universal Language.”
Norma studied classical painting and drawing with Sean Beavers and Joshua Langstaff who were trained at the School of Visual Arts NYC and Aristides Atelier, WA, respectively. In 1992 she furthered her classical oil and pastel painting skills with Daniel Greene, Master Artist, N. Salem, NY in 1992. Norma studied classical painting, drawing and sculpture at the NH Institute of Art from 1991-2003. Some of her first classical training was through resident workshops with Jack Callahan and plein air teachers, Rockport, MA 1980-1983.
Sharing her talents with the community is important to Norma. She regularly volunteers at the adult day care program at Easter Seals by teaching “Creative Painting.” She art directed set painting for numerous theater productions and library murals. She also donates her talent to Annie’s Angels Memorial Fund, Seacoast Family Promise, and Veterans Count. Norma provides private instruction and holds workshops at her studio in North Hampton.