Cory Wright

"Part of the aim of art is to snatch a moment from the remorseless rush of time and to reveal that fragment to others."
~Joseph Conrad


Florida artist, Cory Wright, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 with a BFA degree in Painting. While there, she was accepted into the school's European Honors Program and afforded the unique opportunity to study for 9 months in Rome, Italy. Since then, in addition to being an art instructor and studio painter, she has had an accomplished career as a trompe l'oeil muralist for over 25 years. Wright's artistic journey began to change course, however, in 2011 when she took her first of two plein air (French for "out in the open air") workshops in Tuscany. This experience sparked a passion within her for painting the landscape outdoors that's been steadily growing ever since. She soon began participating in and winning awards at various Paint Outs throughout the state of Florida with her "painterly realism" style of work. Since 2013 she has been represented by The Studio at Gulf and Pine Art Gallery on Anna Maria Island ( and her paintings are now held in numerous national and international private collections. She can most often be found outdoors at her easel, surrounded by bright Florida sunshine, capturing the ever-changing effects of light and cast shadows on the land and sea around her, or in her Studio/Gallery at 419 10th Ave W. in Historic Palmetto.

“Plein air,” a French word, simply translated as “Open air,” is painting done on outdoors, on location, and usually completed on site with little to no work done in the studio. The challenge this type of painting presents is in capturing the atmosphere and light of the moment- before it changes! The beauty (and reward) of plein air painting, besides the act itself of just being out doors in an interesting place that’s captured my attention, is the energy, immediacy, and sense of place that- if done well- comes through in the paintings.

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Floral Painting
As a realist painter, one of the things I’m most drawn to with painting giant orchids and other flowers is the decidedly abstract quality of their forms, reminiscent of ruffles and flowing fabric, as well as the abstractions produced by the light and foliage in the backgrounds.

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Murals/ Trompe l'Oeil
My mural painting career began over 20 years ago when, at the age of 15 I painted over the wallpaper in my bedroom and transformed it into a tropical jungle. Before long I was receiving residential and commercial commissions from interior decorators and clients. The photos here represent just a few of the murals in my extensive portfolio, if you’re interested in having a wall, folding screen, or custom canvas painted, I’d be happy to show you more examples of my work and talk over ideas with you, just click on the “contact” link to reach me.

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