A 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 pastels, winning first place in the Dakota Pastel 2021 Exhibition. Other recent events include American Women Artist’s Under a Vast Sky Exhibit, American Plains Artists 2020 National Exhibition, Western National Exhibition, 2020, and Women Artists of the West’s 51st National Exhibit. Currently she is working on a series of paintings inspired by ancient ruins and pictographs found in the red rock canyons near Sedona.
Nori is webmistress and Signature Member of the Women Artists of the West, Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists, Signature Member of the Arizona Pastel Artists Association and is represented by Sedona Arts Center Gallery.