Do you remember feeling that magical, mystical wonder you had as a child? Perhaps it was the first time you saw snow, went to your favorite theme park, or laughed with your friends as you ran through the sprinklers in summer. Maybe you remember holding yourself still and breathless when a butterfly landed on your fingertips and you didn’t want to break the spell. Remember those Tingling, Bright, Lyrical, Blissful, sensations that filled you up, put a twinkle in your eye and a spark in your soul?
THAT feeling is what I strive to infuse into my creations. It is the feeling I want to give you when I create a unique work of art for you. The feeling I look for in your face when you notice that little detail or whimsical aspect of my work and I see your eyes light up and a smile cross your face.
THAT feeling, the delight and excitement, is what I want you to experience when I teach you a craft or artistic technique and you watch your own creations emerge into the world.
My passion is to create works of art that bring joy.
That’s it. Most of my work isn't about trying to get you to see a deeper meaning or message, I just want you to take that leap into joy and happiness for a bit! Go ahead – run through the sprinklers!
My mission is to change lives through encouragement, support and education – of particular concern to me are helping young women and girls see themselves as valuable and important members of society and working towards eliminating domestic violence.
My goals are to inspire; to help others remember their dreams and reach for them, to teach in creative ways that build confidence and knowledge rather than just “a project”. I value honesty, kindness, continuous self improvement, and respect. I also believe in doing my best to be a good steward of our beautiful planet, and try incorporate the most environmentally friendly and sustainable products I can find for use in my creations and their production.
Tori West - Artist, Maker, Dreamer, , Tucson, AZ 85749