Since 1984, I’ve been a working artist, internationally known for inventive dimensional work in mixed media and polymer, exploring ideas of artisan lineage, personal voice and spiritual expression, and contemporary beauty.
Techniques in polymer and mixed media that I’ve developed and taught are used worldwide to expand artists’ concepts for this medium.
The MFA Boston, the MAD New York, RAM Racine Art Museum, and other public and private venues have my work in their permanent collections.
I teach workshops internationally on artmaking, polymer, and creative development: I also coach and give private masterclasses at my studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Part of my studio gallery is shown here: come visit when you’re in town!.
Hello all you astonishing bits of life force- You may know I'll be teaching in Australia this September and October. I am extreeeemely excited to be returning to Australia, seeing my Aussie friends again, and being in the one-of-a-kind environment that is...read more
Today’s session of creative coaching was really something! I had no idea that working with a coach could be so powerful and so expansive. My view of who I am and the increased confidence I can bring to my artwork has shifted tremendously. And I know it is real! Thank you so much for today. It was awesome! You are awesome!…I am now lying in bed looking forward with excitement to tomorrow morning when I will make some beads… I can picture them perfectly, and am determined to make them whether or not that voice sneaks in and tries to tell me they’re boring, or crafty, or whatever…Thanks Tory!
Tory, I loved it! The best private class ever. I’ve taken group classes with others but they didn’t engage me at the level I knew was possible for myself with this material. Long ago I was told that if you want the best education you should search out the one at the top of her fields: these people are open and generous in their teaching because they have nothing to prove. It’s true! I now know how to connect my creativity abilities and goals with all polymer’s possibilities. How exciting! Thank you!
Tory Hughes coached me artistically for several years, expanding my creative range and confidence about self-expression, and helping me get over long-time family-based obstacles to my creativity. Because our private work was so effective, I invited her to facilitate a three-day gathering of 10 women. We all came together to explore ideas of creativity and our inner lives through hands-on, writing and dialoguing practices. The result was everything I’d dreamed of. Tory designed and guided transformational
group activities, while giving plenty of individual attention to each of us.
Thank you, Tory, for the work we did together. Our conversations have bubbled up from time to time as I’ve continued refining my new voice in my artwork. In my ‘mind’s ear’ I can hear us talking about how to encourage the unexpected, to experiment without an eye on the outcome and to just play…
It doesn’t feel so new anymore. I don’t feel like I’m making a version or variation of someone else’s idea… I am accepting myself as I learn that some things just take time. I needed to make a lot of work in the process of developing this new language and really, developing a new way to think about art making.
Thank you so much for being a significant part of this process!
Thank you, my Magnificent Mentor Magique for your ever-inspiring moves forward to new projects. You are such an inspiration!!! Just wanted to let you know how very important for me working with you has been, and how grateful I am for you!!!
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Ready for the next step in your creative development?
Know you can go further, and want help getting there?
A private masterclass with me in my Santa Fe studio may be just what you need.
Clarify goals. Expand skills. Anchor your artwork in creative gold. Customized for you.
Let’s chat about what you need, and go from there. Email me.