Kathy Tortorella has always been interested in art.  In college, she chose to minor in art and worked mainly in oils and watercolors.  She and her husband, Bob, and their three children spent five years each in Australia and Argentina while he worked for Exxon.  During these assignments she continued to take classes to keep her skills in tune.  When they moved to Hilton head in 1997, she discovered the joy of pastels and painting became the focal point of her life.

"A whole new world opened up to me.  The colors are vibrant and the results are immediate.  Combine the versatility of the medium with the beauty of the Lowcountry and I'm inspired.  The possibilities are endless and I enjoy trying to discover every one."

In the last couple of years Kathy has also renewed her interest in oil painting.  She has studied pastels with Joyce Nagel, Alan Flattman, Christina DeBarry, Margaret Dyer, and Sally Strand.  Workshops with Susan Sarback, Ted Jordan, Armand Cabrera, Bill Davidson, Susan Mayfield, and Mary Segars have given her fresh insights into landscape oil painting.

Tortorella was awarded Best of Show in the Society of Bluffton Artist's 2005 and 2011 Judged Exhibitions.  The same show recognized her with an honorable Mention in 2007.  She took Best of Show in the 2007 Spring Exhibition at the Hilton Head Art League Academy.  Her work has been selected to hang in several of the Hilton Head Art League International Juried Shows.  Kathy is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society where she won honorable mention for her "Woman on a Bench" in 2006.

She paints and exhibits with the Apple Pie Painters.  Kathy is a founding partner of the Maye River Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.