Tobi Star Abrams
I enjoy capturing the beauty in nature, especially while working outdoors (en plain aire) with pastels. As an artist, my paintings reflect the love of the “sculptures” in nature. The juxtaposition of the smooth skies, sandy landscapes, and gently rolling hills are in contrast to the textures of the rocks, mountains, craters and glaciers, which convey the beauty of a monumental scene. I find unique emotional expression in the powerful landscapes and sweeping vistas, and through my work I capture those same emotions.
My degree in Biology and Art with a Bachelor’s of Science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. After graduation I studied elementary education and art education to become certified as an art teacher kindergarten to 14. After several years of teaching elementary art I became an art teacher for a variety of art classes for adults at several adult education programs, such as Triton College, Harper College, and College of Lake County, concentrating on teaching acrylic painting, drawing, water color painting, pen and ink drawing, pallet knife painting, and Early American Crafts. I also presented my Early American Craft Programs to educational institutions, museums, schools, nature centers and libraries. For the last several years I have been working as a full time artist and exhibiting my art work in local and national juried shows throughout the United States. I recently received an award on a painting titled “Exploding Colors in The Sky,” at the Stroking V Art Exhibition/Competition.