Tori Lynn Allen's work is inspired by her interest in Art History. Her paintings recall those of the abstractionists of the 1950s such as Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler, as well as contemporary painters like Cecily Brown and Joan Mitchell. Just like the works of those before her, size and physicality are integral parts of her paintings. The large scale of her pieces allows the viewer to be lost within the colors and textures presented. 

However, unlike many before her, she has given names to her paintings, many of which are the titles of songs that she connects with in relation to her work. She doesn't feel that this takes away from the viewers’ experience, but rather that this gives them an opening into her psyche to help them better appreciate her art. She found a voice through painting, and others can understand that voice as it resonates within them.

As an intuitive painter, her life informs her work, making it diaristic in nature. Although her paintings help communicate her personal experiences, she wants them to evoke the audience’s memories as well. She paints her own humanity, which in turn will kindle a human reaction from her viewers.


“I am interested in expressing the big emotions -tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.”

-Mark Rothko