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Toby Sweet (born in 1943) is an American hobbyist artist currently living in Rockland County, NY. He was born and raised in Haverstraw, NY. He began painting as a hobby in the 1980’s. He is a self-taught painter using acrylics and oils.
He continues to paint today in his retirement to “mostly pass the time.” Most recently, he started doing colored pencil drawings whose details include thousands of individual thin pencil strokes.
He has his own unusual style/take that includes translating life through paintings in multiple "Styles" including:
His works are mostly whimsical and colorful. In relationship to Expressionism, his works are a typical trait to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. (Famous Expressionist artists have sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.)
Toby is also well known as a professional level pool/billiard player having competed (mostly in nine-ball games) across the country for many years. In his early life, Toby started playing the game at the age of 16 in his home town of Haverstraw, NY. He was also a self-taught pool payer having learned and acquired his well-honed skills through many hours of disciplined practice.
Nowadays, he enjoys his anonymity and much prefers to talk about his painting, poetry and music hobbies rather than ever discuss his pool playing days.
He has also owned billiard/pool parlors in both Rockland County, NY and South Florida. He has resided mostly in Rockland County and in South Florida.
Photos of his work that grace the pages of this website include:
The pieces shown are ALL Originals and many are available for sale. Most are on canvas or on foam board. Click Here to contact us with your inquiries relating to availability, size and pricing.
Toby with some guys from the "old days" (including Jimmy Reid).
Ever-advancing my skills and perspective, I'm only as good as my last shoot.
Seeing what other artists won't, capturing what others can't.