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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





University of North Texas

Permanent Collection

September 2022

September 2022

April 2022

December 2022-Present

University of North Texas

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Painting and Drawing 

Museum of Encaustic Art

Cerillos, NM 

"People's Choice Award"

Group Exhibition

Shanley Houser Center for the Arts

Granbury, TX 

Group Exhibition

Courtyard Gallery

Plano, TX 

"First Place"

Group Exhibition

D'Arts Center

Norfolk, VA


December 2005

Woodlands Lifestyle & Homes

Fort Bend Lifestyle & Homes


December 2005

Museum of Encaustic Arts

Cerillos, NM 


April 2023


"Understanding Pollinators"

Dallas, TX  


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