Photo by Michael Phillips, Grey Owl Studio

Photo by Michael Phillips, Grey Owl Studio


Selph Road Studios: Tony Corbitt Jr.

Artist Statement

I am a self-taught artist living and working in Asheville NC. 

Inspired by the French Masters of the late 19th Century, I favor plein air and life painting; emphasizing tonal relationships and sound draftsmanship with broad sweeps of a loaded brush. Painting from life is challenging and often unforgiving, but the sense of immediacy it endows a painting is invaluable. Working from the round creates an intimacy between the subject and myself.  This personal connection is paramount, and I can't get that working from a photograph, isolated in a studio. 

All work shown on this website was painted or drawn from life.*

*Except for any work showcased in the "Pet Portrait" or "Icon Portrait" albums.



Abbreviated Resume

Owner & Artist at Selph Road Studios
February 2012 - Present
Original art commissions and sales

Art Instructor at Selph Road Studios
September 2013 - Present
Private art classes, currently instructing ages 9-16

Featured Experience:

Exhibitor at The Players Art Gallery
The Players Theatre, Sarasota, FL

October 2014 - November 2014
Displaying original work

Featured Artist in Artist Portfolio Magazine
Four-page spread featuring Tony and his original plein air work

Exhibitor at Art Center Sarasota
July 2014 –August 2014
Florida Flavor Exhibit

Exhibitor at City of Casselberry
May 2014 – August 2014
A Rock 'n Roll themed exhibit in Casselberry City Hall

Exhibitor at The HuB Sarasota
December 2012 - Present
Black & white portrait art, long term exhibit

Exhibitor at Ivory Lounge
May 2012 - June 2014
Custom art featuring local celebrities

Exhibitor at Parliament House Resort
February 2011 - Present
Custom work, permanent display

Exhibitor at The Players Art Gallery
The Players Theatre, Sarasota, FL

April 2014 - June 2014
Displayed original work

Exhibitor at Art Center Manatee
February 2014 - March 2014
Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries: Florida Living Exhibit

Exhibitor at Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
November 2013
Solo Art Exhibit, Featuring original oil paintings

Exhibitor at Art Exposé Art Show
November 2013
Muddu Feet Media, Hub Sarasota

Exhibitor at Art Loft Gallery
February 2013
Solo Art Exhibit, Featuring original work

Exhibitor at Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
October 2012
Displayed original work

Exhibitor at Art Center Sarasota
March 2012 - June 2012
Displayed original work. *Received an honorable mention.

Non Profit Work:

Live Art Performer at Movieville International Film Festival
Opening Night Party at The Hub Sarasota: September 20, 2013
Movieville Promotional Event: May 10, 2014
Festival was formed to celebrate and showcase the Beauty and the
Uniqueness of Sarasota, FL.

Featured Artist at Maitland Art and History Association
pARTicipation: Dinner Affair : March 29, 2014
pARTicipation: Side Show of the Senses : April 6, 2013
-Voted Best Art Event in the Visual Arts Category
of’s BEST of Orlando 2013

Live Art Performer at Wobbly Feet Foundation
4th Annual Pasta Bar for a Cure of A-T:October 5, 2013
A-T is a rare genetic condition and therefore is not on the forefront of
the medical community. It is through grass roots fundraising and
generous corporate sponsorship that we are able to push A-T into the
main-stream of medical research and keep it there.

Live Art Performer at Maitland Art and History Association
15th Annual Evening in the Grove: An Orange, White & Green Gala
Honoring A. Duda & Sons, Inc.: September 28, 2013
14th Annual Evening in the Grove, an Orange & White (& Blue) Gala
Honoring the Orlando Magic: October 13, 2012

Live Art Performer at SPCA Florida
Lake Mirror, Lakeland, FL: April 20, 2013
31st Annual Walk for Animals

Live Art Performer at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
February 15, 2013
Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala, benefitting their foundation

Live Art Performer at Sarasota Film Festival
April 2012 - April 2012 (1 month)
Late Night VIP Party at Darwin's on 4th
Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in
cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180
films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts,
and kid-friendly picks.

Live Art Performer at Florida Winefest Auction
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center: April 6, 2012
Brunch & Charity Auction 

Live Art Performer at Manatee Children's Services: Band Slam
Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center: March 12, 2012
Benefits Manatee Children's Services end child abuse on the Suncoast.

Live Art Performer, Annual Awards Ceremony at Arts & Cultural
Alliance of Sarasota County
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center: October 19, 2012
Fundraiser for Arts & Cultural Alliance

Live Art Performer at Breakfast at Tiffany's Fundraiser
Family Network on Disabilities Manasota: September 29, 2012
Proceeds to benefit FND Manasota Caregiver Support Programs


ArtCenter Manatee
February 2014 to Present

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
February 2012 to Present

Fine Arts America
January 2012 to Present

Skills & Expertise:

  • Traditional Oil Painting
  • Contemporary Art
  • Sketching
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Pet Portraits
  •  Illustration
  • Fine Art
  • Education
  • Live Performance Art
  • Speed Painting

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