Featured Artist

Elizabeth Tolley

About the Artist


Elizabeth Tolley
(Click the image to visit Elizabeth's website.)



Represented by

Featured Galleries:
Simpson Gallagher Gallery

Vault Gallery
2289 Main Street
Cambria, CA 93428

Portico Fine Art Gallery

Portico Gallery
1235 Coast Village Road, # B Montecito, CA 93108

(805) 695-8850
Tolley Studio

Tolley Studio
Cayucos, CA 93430

(805) 441-7713


"I’m striving to understand the light and then take it and the subject matter to a feeling, an idea of what it feels like to be present in the location. I have always associated painting the land as a way of connecting to something much greater than myself." - Libby


Elizabeth "Libby" Tolley is an award- winning American Landscape painter and author.

Living on California’s Central Coast, her focus has been painting the rural landscape from life.

As a lifelong self-motivated student, Libby has developed her artistic abilities by seeking mentors who guided the development of her talent. Working both in watercolor and oil paint, Libby’s career has attracted the attention of editors, museum directors, gallery owners and collectors.

In 2007, Libby completed an instructional book on painting landscapes titled, Oil Painter's Solution Book: Landscapes, 100 answers to your oil painting questions. Published by North Light Books, the book answers questions students have asked over the years, and illustrates Libby’s process of painting both on location and in her studio. Over 30,000 copies of the book have been purchased by artists in all mediums and is in its third printing.

Libby’s home and studio are located in a canyon on California’s central coast near Morro Bay, surrounded by orchards and grazing cattle. From her new studio she hears the sounds of birds and running water in the creek outside. "Layon" owner of the Vault Gallery said visiting the canyon, 'is like walking into one of her paintings'.

To continue the tradition of helping other artists develop their talents, Libby teaches several workshops each year and uses her newsletter and blog to answer questions and offer painting solutions.

For inquiries, please contact the galleries listed above or email Libby from her website.

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