I am a contemporary artist working with acrylic and mixed media to create semi-abstract paintings of landscapes real or imagined.
Painting is my primary connection and exploration of the outside world. Interior landscapes are made visible; a balancing of shape and line, color and texture, light and atmosphere.
I work in my studio, on my own. I do not do plein air. I do take photographs and forget to look at them. I may look at small sketches scribbled on bits of paper.
I try to paint intuitively and without preconception.
The Canadian Prairie landscape of my childhood asserts itself in the iconic shapes and layered surfaces of many of my paintings. My present home in south west England offers new vistas of rolling hils and a sky in perpetual motion.
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting (Honours) from the University of Windsor, Ontario. Member of the Royal West of England Academy Artist Network.
http://cliftonfineart.tumblr.com/ A wonderful interview about what inspires Thorie, how paintings are created and what the future holds.
'Revival' exhibition, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, UK. 12 April- 1 June 2021. All artwork for this show can be viewed on line.
'Crux' exhibition, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, UK. 4-13 December 2020. All artwork for this show can be viewed online.
'Nexus' exhibition, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, UK. 3-25 October 2020. All artworks for this show can be viewed online.
Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Exhibition. May 29- December 31 2020. This exhibition is online only.
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham England with Little Buckland Gallery. Postponed from April, now being held November 27-29 2020. Postponed. Fresh Art Fair 2021 TBA.
'Essence' exhibition, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway UK. April 04-July 19 2020. All artworks for this show can be viewed online.
'Ethos' exhibition, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway, UK. October 18- November 03 2019.
New paintings at the Fresh Art Fair 26-28 April 2019 Cheltenham, England with the bowie Gallery. www.freshartfair.net.
I am very excited about my solo exhibition 'Navigation' at the bowie gallery, Totnes Devon UK, happening October 6-17 2018. These are the most recent paintings on paper exploring new spaces, places and techniques.
April 27-29 2018: Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, England. Represented by the bowie gallery, Totnes, England. https://www.freshartfair.net.
May 12-14 2017: Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, England. Represented by the bowie gallery, Totnes, England.
RWA 164 Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol UK October 9- November 27 2016.
Autumn Show, Clifton Fine Art, Bristol UK BS1 5BG September 30- October 26 2016.
Artist Network Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol UK April 23- May 15 2016.
Affordable Art Fair Bristol
Brunel's Old Shed, Bristol, UK
September 18-20 2015.