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Ludlow Thorston

Watercolor Gallery


Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings

Ludlow Thorston created aquarelle paintings for over 30 years. His work is known for its calm depth, relaxing settings, and vivid imagery.

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Beautiful Views from the Shore

Ludlow Thorston's paintings often focus on the beauty of nature in his hometown of Island Heights, New Jersey.  Bring the beauty of nature into your home.


From the Gallery to Your Home

If you can't make it to Island Heights to visit the Ludlow Thorston Gallery, shop online. All prints are sold unmatted and unframed, allowing for your personal framing choices.  

Watercolor Art Gallery
Watercolor Gallery

Paintings That Bring Back Good Times

Purchase one of our beautiful watercolor prints today. 

Put a Piece of Serenity on Your Wall

Ludlow Thorston paintings are soft, relaxed and serene. Purchase one of these beautiful prints today. 


Visit the Ludlow Thorston Gallery

10 Central Avenue

Island Heights, NJ 08732


Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-4pm


Who was the man behind the easel creating this watercolor art?

Ludlow Thorston was a self-described “truly American” watercolor artist. He specialized in a unique style of watercolor art known as aquarelle. His paintings mirrored his own personality: sincere and direct, yet soft. Thorston resided in Island Heights, NJ, where his gallery is located. It was his location on the Jersey Shore that inspired his watercolor art. The timeless beauty of the New England coast is shown in Thorston’s compositions. His calming, visually stunning aquarelles will leave you speechless as you gaze at the richness and beauty of each brush stroke.


Ludlow Thorston graduated from Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, received his BA and MA from New York University, and continued studies at Seton Hall University. He has served as a member of several art organizations and as president of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and Essex Watercolor Club. In 1979, he established the Ludlow Thorston Gallery.


Ludlow’s wife, Nell, enjoys welcoming visitors and collectors to the intimate gallery where all of his original watercolors are displayed. 

Why watercolor art?

Watercolor art, and specifically aquarelles, are a very precise and difficult painting technique. But, if these techniques can be mastered, the artist can communicate things that only your heart can understand. Ludlow Thorston’s aquarelle watercolor art does just that.


Over decades, Thorston truly became a master of his craft. A seasoned aquarelle artist can manipulate colors, opacity, and lines to meld the concrete and the abstract to create one-of-a-kind pieces of watercolor art.


Here at the Ludlow Thorston Gallery, we believe the aquarelle method captures the essence of the New England coast: the ships on the sea, the crashing waves, the looming gulls. If this sounds like magic to you, you aren’t alone. We would love to see a Ludlow Thorston piece in your home. Order now, or come for a visit.


What makes Ludlow Thorston’s watercolor art gallery stand out?

Ludlow Thorston was one of the few master watercolor artists in the region utilizing the aquarelle technique. In the aquarelle style, the colors and lines fade in and out, playing tricks on the admirer’s eyes. Thorston’s pieces combine realistic images with a kind of abstract visual effect that keeps you engaged as you pour over the watercolor art, taking in every detail.


Thorston’s art is unique in that it transports the viewer. Whether you’re a local to the Jersey Shore, or have fond memories of your vacations as a child, you know what it means to walk along the beach to the crash of the waves, to skip stones in Barnegat Bay, and to watch the boats wander out of the Manasquan Inlet. No matter where life takes you, the moment you return to the Shore and hear the sound of your feet on the boardwalk, it brings you back to some of the best times in your life. A Ludlow Thorston painting will take you there.


To give someone the gift of a memory is a beautiful thing. When you visit our online store or our gallery here in Island Heights, you have the chance to present a parent, grandparent, or spouse with a piece of work that will remind them of beautiful times on the coast. Order now,  or come for a visit. 


What is the setting for Thorston’s watercolor art?

Ludlow Thorston got his inspiration from the gorgeous New England Coast and the day-to-day life lived there. His watercolor art will transport you to a simpler time as you get lost in his soft slates, oceanic teals, and rich browns. You can hear the crash of ocean waves against the dock and smell the salty air every time you get lost in a Thorston original work.


Where is your watercolor art gallery located?

The Ludlow Thorston Gallery is located at 10 Central Avenue in beautiful Island Heights, NJ. Island Heights is a charming, quaint town that is home to stunning natural beauty.


How can I purchase from Ludlow Thorston’s art?

We would love for everyone to experience the beauty of a Ludlow Thorston aquarelle watercolor. All of his originals and prints are available at the Ludlow Thorston Gallery in Island Heights. We would love to see you in person at the gallery to show you around. But we also offer many prints online if you can’t make it to the Shore.

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