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Featured artist: Tori Jane

Meet featured artist, Tori Jane (Victoria Coronado)!

Her artwork will be on display through February 29, 2016 at our Round Rock location and from March 1 through May 1, 2016 at our S. Lamar location.

Tori is originally from New Jersey, but has lived in Austin since 1993 and affectionately refers to herself as an "Austinite". She has always been a creative person with artistic expression and is a self-taught artist. Just last June she decided to leave her corporate job where she was an executive assistant in order to become an artist full-time. She began entertaining the idea of art as a career when her work sold out at last year's Pecan Street Festival.

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Victoria's art is signed "Tori Jane", the name of her alter ego. When asked, "Why 'Tori Jane'?" she explained, " I dated someone who called me Tori Jane and I liked it. As a newly emerging artist, I was unsure of how much I wanted to reveal about my personal life. I feel more like a Tori Jane than a Victoria Coronado, so I’ve actually been contemplating a legal name change."

Tori is a mixed media artist, which is fitting for her personality and exploratory nature. She told us, "I don't do well with being confined to one way of doing things." She enjoys using many different materials in her art including paint, paper, fabric, and found objects.

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In the last year Tori has really blossomed as an artist, as she started to define who she is and what message she wants to convey through her work. She began using vintage boudoir photos from the 1920’s and 30’s that depicted women in a very sensual, yet innocent, manner. Tori said, "Women are overly sexualized by our society. My thought in using these boudoir photos is to promote women reconnecting with their sexuality from a place of innocence, which is very different from how our mainstream media portrays women." Tori hadn't realized how her art was affecting those who viewed it, until one woman told her that her work had inspired her to book a boudoir photo session to reconnect with her own sensuality.

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Tori related this statement about sexuality versus sensuality to her own personal experience, "I’m a blonde, attractive woman and I haven't always felt safe in expressing my own sexuality because of the tendency our society has toward objectifying women. It is through art that I have discovered a safe place to explore my sensuality."

When Tori isn't creating art, she is studying to obtain her Master's degree in counseling and aspires to be an art therapist. She is a single mom of 3 children: two sons, ages 20 and 12, and a 15-year-old daughter.

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Tori's art was recently featured in the January 2016 issue of Arrow Magazine and will be featured in the upcoming June issue of Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Her art will also be on display at the Pecan Street Festival in May. In March, Tori will begin teaching classes at Hobby Lobby. For those interested in taking her class, stay tuned for more information available via her Facebook page.

You can see more of Tori’s artwork on her Etsy website, Mermaids and Maidens. All of her works at Kerbey Lane Cafe are for sale. Questions for Tori? Email her at torijanecreations@gmail.com.