Nora Silving, Phoenix Member Since November 2009 Artist Statement Leonore Armbruster Silving (Nori or Nora to her friends and family) was born in Vienna, Austria in 1935. She spent her youth surrounded by loving family, whose passion for the arts she shared. Family members performed for the Austrian and Swiss state opera and ballet companies. Nora spent the years during World War II in VIenna, Austria, for a time in a convent in the country with other children from the city, but she also spent time in the city's bomb shelters with her family.
After the war, Nora spent time as a model before meeting her American GI husband Victor Silving. Vic was also born in Vienna, but he left Austria at age 12, just as World War II started. They were married in VIenna and spent time in Virginia before finally settling in New Jersey to raise their family, son Marcus and daughter Vicki. In addition to taking care of her family, Nora also performed and supported an amateur theatre group called The Washington Stage Script Teasers, and she was also a crisis counselor for many years.
Nora always had a passion for art, and painted over the years, but it was not until she and her husband retired to Florida and the Poconos in Pennsylvania where it truly came to full expression. While Nora painted many pieces on canvas, she found her unusual medium, acrylic on tile, after noting that no one was was really doing that kind of work. She began by painting the wildlife she found around her in Florida and Pennsylvania. She then expanded to people, mountains and seascapes. Nora eventually began to sell her works for all to enjoy.
Nora, succumbed too young, to the effects of bladder cancer in 2002. She was 67.
Nora loved to paint and it was evident in her work. It is with great pride that we can continue to bring it to you.