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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 2 years ago

International ocean artist joins local gallery

Roy Tabora now has paintings at Ocean Art Gallery.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

The ocean in all its different moods crashes on shore not far from Ocean Art Gallery in the Granada Plaza at the corner of East Granada Boulevard and State Road A1A. Now the gallery features an exhibit of works by internationally-known artist Roy Tabora, famous for his ocean scenes.

The gallery is one of two authorized dealers of his work in Florida. There are four others in the mainland United States and six in Hawaii, where he is based.

On display are 15 works, including six oil paintings created for Ocean Art Gallery.

“Tabora’s work is magical with a remarkable glow that seems to shine from an inner light. His colors are all at once subtle and intense,” gallery owner Frank Gromling wrote in an email.

Tabora introduced his work at a reception at Ocean Art Gallery on Jan. 8, after speaking on the topic, “Inspired – The Life of an Artist” at the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum.

Gromling said he originally displayed art by Tabora in 2015 at his former gallery in Flagler Beach.

“He has a tremendous following,” Gromling said.

Tabora, originally from the Philippines, grew up in a family of painters. After attaining an art degree from the University of Hawaii, he settled in the state, where he developed an affinity for the ocean.

“I enjoy the challenge of capturing the feel and the many moods of the ocean,” he said.

His advice to artists is not to paint the ocean like it’s a bowl of fruit. He said to capture the energy of the ocean rather than the color.

Ocean Art Gallery represents over 30 contemporary artists of various mediums including photography and jewelry. Visit and

“In the Beginning” by Roy Tabora. Courtesy photo

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