Meet the Artist

Toska Courbron, WSA—   

Artist’s Statement— I enjoy painting because it is always a challenge in problem solving, and a learning experience.   When I paint, I try to create something new based on my impression, perception, or mood of a place or scene.  I paint representational in impressionistic style, but sometimes experiment with the abstract.  I have no favorite medium.  I choose the medium depending on the subject or how I feel that day.  I feel that the act of creating a work of art is and should be personal and intimate to the artist.  However, I am thrilled when someone enjoys or makes some personal connection with my paintings.  I truly enjoy the challenge, satisfaction, and intimacy gained from creating an original work of art.  Therefore, it is my determination to share what I have learned with artists willing to learn.  No holding back!

Bio:  Toska Courbron is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA) and Georgia Watercolor Society, and on the Alabama Plein Air Artists (APAA) Leadership Team along with maintaining their website.  Toska developed drawing and painting skills in high school where she earned a little money selling drawings of the Beatles and horse portraits.   Toska is a Certified Fraud Examiner-Retired, has a BS is Accounting, and MS in Management.  She moved around the Country working as an accountant for private industry (12 years) and an Audit Manager for the  Navy and Air Force (32 plus years).  During this time, she was a member of several art organizations and won numerous awards along the way.   Since retiring, she now devotes full time to painting, teaching art, and supporting and promoting art.

Toska is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Georgia Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama,  Society of Arts and Crafts, Selma Art Guild, and Alabama Pastel Society.  She previously served on WSA Board of Directors and Secretary Elmore County Art Guild, Alabama. 

Since retiring, she is devoting her time and effort into promoting and teaching art.  She especially emphasizes the importance of a painting being “painterly”.  (Showcase the medium.)  “Think Paint”

Workshops –Focus on techniques in watercolor, oil, pastel, or on principles applicable to any medium i.e. design, composition, color, and use of reference photos.

Classes at Armory Learning Arts Center —Schedule and Topic varies.

Education:

  • Studied art at College of the Canyons, CA and through numerous workshops and on-line classes.
  • Master of Science Degree, Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Associate of Art Degree at Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA