“I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself”

― Martin Buxbaum

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Tori TiptonAfter studying art at college in the late 80’s I spent my early adult life trying to contort my square pegged-ness into a round hole by pursuing a ‘sensible’ career. It was only after I had my son that I began to listen to my intuition and chose to follow my passion of becoming an artist, predominately painting seascapes in oil.

Now painting full-time, I use my visual memory as a point of reference for expressive seascapes. I take my inspiration from childhood visits to the North Wales coast and more recent family trips to the coastal villages of Yorkshire. My paintings are a combination of distant memories and recent observations from these visits, semi-abstract seascapes that always remain recognisable as such.

I continue to live and work in Yorkshire and my time is divided between a land-based studio near Wakefield and exploring the northern waterways on my narrowboat.

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are a personal response to the affinity that I feel with the sea and in particular its relationship with the ever-changing weather of the British Isles. I find the nature of the sea and sky are in themselves abstract and offer limitless combinations of colour and texture. By adopting a simple composition of land, sea, and sky, my semi-abstract forms are a response to the atmosphere and sense of drama that the constantly changing elements never fail to provide.

I aim to suggest a sense of solitude and contemplation in my work. To offer the viewer a chance to pause and reflect on the memories and emotions that the often powerful or sometimes benign presence of the sea may evoke.

My work emerges from layers of oil paint which give my paintings substance and texture. I begin by applying thin washes of oils, gradually overlaying them with thicker layers of paint. By focusing on the spirit and energy of the ocean I constantly endeavour to capture the mystical connection between the sea and the observer.


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Exhibitions & Galleries

You can currently find a selection of my work in the following galleries:

Hope GalleryHope Gallery

The Mezzanine, Redbrick
218 Bradford Road
Batley, WF17 6JF


The Stowe Gallery The Stow Gallery

St Ives, Cornwall

TR26 2DS




Saltwater : Views of the sea, Solo Exhibition – Unity Works, Yorkshire

Liable to Flood, Group Exhibition – The Mental Health Museum

Art& Show – York Racecourse, Yorkshire – Winner of the Best Presented Stand Award

The Great Sheffield Art Show – The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Holmfirth Art Week – Holmfirth, Yorkshire

Artwalk – Wakefield, Yorkshire


2017 Art& RAW Talent Award for emerging artists

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If you have any questions, would like any information regarding pieces for sale or if you are a gallery interested in showing my work, I would be very happy to hear from you – so please don’t hesitate to contact me either by completing the form below or emailing me.

Email address all enquiries: toritipton@hotmail.com

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