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Nick Torzeski, an artist and resident of North Park, San Diego, California, won the Best of Theme award in the San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) April Member’s exhibition “Optional Paths”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. Torzeski’s painting titled “Planetary Vision” was selected by prominent local artist and juror Linda Doll for this honor out of over 260 entries. Doll commented “This is a definite “optional path,” and I loved it from the minute I saw it. The balls are all sitting still but I feel movement going through the piece. I love the scale: there are large, small, and tiny little pieces. The light going across the piece goes from warm to warm and cool to cool. I enjoy the way the circles incorporate the whole range of colors. Very creative piece.”

Nick has some college experience and he attended a few sculpting classes in college, but has not been formally trained in making art. Visits to galleries in LA and New York as well as art museums all over the United States and other countries, and growing up with his father Ski Torzeski, a well-known San Diego artist, have provided him with a lot of inspiration. He learned important watercolor techniques from his father, uses them currently in his work, and has added figurative elements and other techniques/ mediums to create a style of his own. He wants people to feel transported to another world or dimension when viewing his work. He also aims to create work that is distinctly his own and represents his desired aesthetic and interests. At 27 years old, Nick has been painting with watercolor for only a few years. In the future, he intends to settle down and focus on making art full-time. You can see more of his work on Instagram at his public account “nick_torzeski”.

The SDWS Gallery Exhibit will run through Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the SDWS gallery at 2528 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, and is free to the public Paintings can be viewed and purchased directly from the gallery, and are also available to view and purchase on the SDWS website at https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=7043&s=0



The San Diego Watercolor Society, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1965, is dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion. More information can be found at http://www.sdws.org

“Planetary Vision” by Nick Torzeski


20 x 16 inches


Image courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society

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