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Since earning her BFA from the University of North Texas in 1996, Tonya's work has taken many forms and evolved over the years. She gathers much of her inspiration from nature, her travels, interesting cultures, and interactions between people and the world around them.


Employing a variety of media including oil, pastels, wax, clay, watercolor, and found objects, she seeks to create images that both engage and intrigue the viewer. Her early works, primarily large-scale oil paintings and watercolor, explored anonymity and a certain disconnect and isolation.


Her recent work focuses on the complicated and fragile connection between humans and nature. From her outdoor studio, she is constantly reminded of the beauty and interdependence that exists between us and nature and strives to create images of infinite landscapes, beautiful ocean scenes and coastlines, and stunning gardens that illustrate the concept of inter-connectedness and mutual fulfillment in our shared ecosystem.


By incorporating mixed media into her process, each of the painting's components are tied together in deeply intricate and often unanticipated ways.

Working from her outdoor studio allows Tonya to use a variety of different tools including the torches, propane tanks, hot wax and extremely large canvases and birch boards.  The beautiful Texas weather and mild climate most of the year make that possible and serve as inspiration for her gorgeous floral and botanical paintings.


Tonya is an award-winning, published artist and sculptor, sits on the board of the Encaustic Museum, volunteers with non-profits in and around Texas, and donates her work to organizations such as Dwell with Dignity,Thrift Studios and Dec My Room. 



Juried Exhibitions

Publications & Press




University of North Texas

Permanent Collection

July 2023

July 2023

September 2022

September 2022

April 2022

November 2021

December 2021

October 2021

June 2023

December 2005

December 2005

December 2022-Present

April 2023

University of North Texas

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Painting and Drawing 

Museum of Encaustic Art

Cerillos, NM 

Group Exhibition

Grand Theater Gallery

Lewisville, TX 

"New Texas Talent, 30th Anniversary Exhibit"

Group Exhibition

Craighead Green Gallery

Dallas, TX 

"People's Choice Award"

Group Exhibition

Shanley House Center for the Arts

Granbury, TX 

Group Exhibition

Courtyard Gallery

Plano, TX 

"First Place"

Group Exhibition

D'Arts Center

Norfolk, VA


Group Exhibition

Las Laguna Art Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

Group Exhibition

Dunbar Road

Dallas, TX 

Solo Show


Dallas, TX 

County Line Magazine

Woodlands Lifestyle & Homes

Fort Bend Lifestyle & Homes


Museum of Encaustic Arts

Cerillos, NM 


"Understanding Pollinators"

Dallas, TX  


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