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Biography

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. 

Education

1992-1996
University of North Texas
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Museums

Museum of Encaustic Art
Cerrillos, NM

Juried Exhibitions

 

March 2024

BLOOM!
R.W. Norton Museum and Gallery
Shreveport, LA

"Director's Choice Award"
 

July 2023

Fresh Ideas

Grand Theater Gallery

Lewisville, TX 

August 2023

Dwell with Dignity

Thrift Studio

Dallas, TX

July 2023

New Texas Talent 30th Anniversary

Craighead Green Gallery

Dallas, TX

September 2022

Fall Group Exhibition

Shanley House Gallery

Granbury, TX

"People's Choice Award"

September 2022

Celebrating Area Artists Group Exhibition

Courtyard Gallery

Plano, TX

April 2022

Flourish

D'Art Center

Norfolk, VA

"First Place Award"

November 2023

Botanicals

Las Laguna Art Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

December 2021

Opening Day Exhibition

Dunbar Road

Dallas, TX 

September 2021

Solo Exhibition

Artifkt

Dallas, TX 

Publications and Press

Shreveport Times, March 2023

Encaustic Arts Magazine, Winter Edition

County Line Magazine, June 2023

Woodlands Lifestyle and Home, December 2005

Fort Bend Lifestyle and Home, December 2005

Boards

Museum of Encaustic Art, Cerillos, NM December 2022-Present

Forums

Earth X "Understanding Pollinators" Panel Discussion, Dallas, TX

 

Contact

(972) 773-9981
tonyatrest@tonyatrest.info

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