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.