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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 torches, propane tanks, hot wax and extremely large canvases and birch panels.  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 including the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum, EarthX, Dwell with Dignity, and Dec My Room.  She is represented by Cerulean Gallery in University Park. 


University of North Texas
Bachelor of Fine Arts


Museum of Encaustic Art
Cerrillos, NM

R.W. Norton Museum


Cerulean Gallery Dallas

Juried Exhibitions


March 2024

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


D'Art Center

Norfolk, VA

"First Place Award"

November 2023


Las Laguna Art Gallery

Laguna Beach, CA

December 2021

Opening Day Exhibition

Dunbar Road

Dallas, TX 

September 2021

Solo Exhibition


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


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


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




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