A recent transplant to Sedona, Nori Thorne now claims the desert southwest as her home. She is a graduate in Studio Art from University of Pittsburgh and also spent a semester at Habib Bourguiba University in Tunisia “painting in the souk and skipping French class.” Nori taught art and art history in Montgomery County, Maryland, Public Schools where she was the recipient of numerous grants from the Arts and Humanities Council, National Art Education Foundation and the Fulbright/Hayes Scholarship. Nori received recognition for her canyonscapes at the Moab Plein Air Festival, winning first place in pastels. Other recent events include America’s Parks II Top 100 Online Exhibit, American Women Artist’s 2017 Under a Vast Sky Exhibit, Pastel Society of the West Coast 2017 Pastels USA Exhibit and Arizona Artist Guild’s Anniversary Exhibit at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Gallery. Currently she is working on a series of paintings inspired by ancient ruins and pictographs found in the redrock canyons near Sedona.
Nori is webmistress and Signature Member of the Women Artists of the West, Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association and is represented by Sedona Arts Center Gallery.