Hi, I’m Tori Swanson, and I’m an intuitive artist.
My journey started as a teenager, where I struggled heavily with anorexia and bulimia. I found comfort in escapism, and so I ran so far away from my “problems” in substance, toxic relationships, and self destruction. This drive to destruct took me around the world until I settled in New York City, living my so called “dream life”.
That dream life was filled with angst, sadness, loneliness, fear, and shadow. It was the scariest moment of my life, because I was so far from who I was. I craved presence in a brain full of rhetoric dark conversations, love in abusive relationships, and gratitude in a place where I always wanted more. I was living a superficial and unfulfilled life by just going through the motions, I wasn’t in my body but caught up in my mind. I didn’t think there was anything better out there for me and that this is what life was supposed to feel like.
This illness drove me home to restart my life. Art became my outlet where I could express myself when words could not describe how I was feeling. The canvas never judged me. I use to lock in my room, and suddenly awake after having somehow fallen asleep for hours. Consumed by the internal voice in my head, and the heavy weight of depression, art became my safe haven in an uncertain and somewhat “out of control” world around me. This was my spiritual awakening - I was being called to return home.
Years later and after placing art on the back burner of my life I decided to leave my successful career in the corporate world and I began to have a spiritual re-awakening. As a psychic child, with a strong clairvoyant talent - I started to receive visions, knowings, and actually sightings of spirit right in front of me. This reoccurrence in my early to mid-twenties became common for me. I found myself fearful and unsure of why this was happening again. I finally sought out help, and discovered that this bombardment was a gift, I was being urged to share my psychic intuition with others. Since then, I’ve been devoted to growing my natural psychic abilities to provide accurate readings, and to listen to my own intuition. I allow this higher source to channel through me to create paintings, and drawings to express myself creatively as the purest way of connecting with the other side. It is my commitment and passion that you receive the feelings of love, gratitude, enlightenment when in connection with me and my work.
I received my certificate in Fine Arts at Langara College, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I initially focused on the female form in line drawings. I remember attending my first drawing class and being in AWE of the bravery of the nude and curvaceous women posing so confidently in front of a class of students. I hung out in the back, afraid to make eye contact too long because I was so ashamed of myself and my own body. I can still remember to this day the moment I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and I was ready to turn my life around.
My artwork continues to evolve, and now my artwork focuses on the limitless boundaries and what it means to be human experiencing a spiritual way of living. My artwork poses perspective on what it means to grapple with our ego, and truly live our lives leading with our hearts.
My process is very simple. Before I create a piece, I place myself in a meditative state and I allow myself to receive visions from the divine universe. I see in bold colours, and lines, and I paint it. Sometimes it takes me weeks, and most of the time, I can finish a painting within an hour or so, when I am totally connected. It is not me, Tori, the personality painting, I’m simply a source of divine inspiration to channel through me.
I’m inspired by Frida Kahlo, and her unapologetic vivacious colours, and abstract artists like Basquiat who painted with expression with a certain raw and messy texture, and Picasso, who saw the world with a different perspective.