Blending In

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Tonya says: I'm a self taught artist from Texas, now residing in Brooklyn, NY who works primarily in oils and Encaustics (Cold Wax) on canvas and paper. I grew up in the Southwest with a family of excellent story-tellers. Growing up around Folk Art, I was exposed to the rawness of these artists and witnessed a drive from somewhere deep within that propelled them to get up every day and create something, tell their stories- it didn't matter if no one ever saw or collected a single piece. They created solely for themselves.

With that as my first inspiration. I was determined from a young age that I wanted to create for myself as well, but I knew that it was important to share with the world the stories I grew up with. The stories of these women tell and share the fabric of our lives and our inner worlds.
oils and cold wax on canvas and paper
Tonya Engel
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

May 07, 2013 12:03:35 PM

Tonya uses oils and cold wax to create beautiful Folk Art-inspired pieces on canvas and paper. Does "Blending In" have your vote?

Vote: Thumbs up!

May 08, 2013 05:03:45 PM

I love the way this woman seems integrated into the delicate pattern around her. Lovely work.

Jennifer Balkan

May 09, 2013 09:35:28 PM

Tonya Engel's paintings are a mix of passion and poetry. The compositions are thoughtful and her narrative is compelling.

Vote: Thumbs up!

May 13, 2013 01:04:03 PM

There is just something here that speaks to me.

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May 13, 2013 03:38:31 PM

Too sad


May 13, 2013 09:32:49 PM

I really love the visual play between the subject and background. There's a quiet strength in her presence. I'd give you a thumbs up but I'm a competitor! :)

thanks for commenting