Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM Location: Norman P. Murray Center, Jacaranda Room 24932Veterans Way
Mission Viejo CA 92692
Toni Danchik always has her eyes open and camera ready to capture special moments when they occur. It could be a certain lighting on a child at play, someone walking their dogs, the interaction between seagulls on the beach, some fruit lying on a counter top or simply a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Part of what attracts her is the “story” behind every image.
Toni says she looks for good design, the interaction of shapes, colors, and the effects of light on a subject. She tries to stay true to her first feeling and heartfelt response to her subject and she is always mindful of how she applies paint to the canvas by using expressive brush stokes to keep her work rich and engaging.
Being born and raised in South Africa has given her some insight into the plight of women and children living in the shanty towns and rural villages with their lack of clean running water and the absence of the most basic facilities.
Contrasted against the bleakness of poverty, Toni finds that the beautiful textures and colors of their garments, their creativity in how they decorate their homes, their beautiful smiles and warm hearts are inspiring and draws her attention.
Living along the coast of southern California has been another source of great inspiration for Toni. She loves painting subjects such as birds on the beach, sunsets, children building sand castles, dog walkers in the park, the beautiful land and seascapes. She enjoys spending time in her studio where she paints from her vast photo reference library that she has built from all her travels.
Toni’s interest in art was ignited at a very young age when she did craft projects with her mother. After leaving high school, she studied printmaking at the Johannesburg Technical College, but ended up pursuing a career as an in-house graphic designer for a non-profit organization for 10 years.
The artist’s spirit in her was rekindled after she moved to the United States and was introduced to the early California Impressionists, the local plein air painters and the inspiring art of the Russian Impressionists that graced the walls of galleries and museums she visited.
Her skills were honed by taking painting workshops and classes with artists such as Chris Gwaltney, Jacquelin Kamin, Jove Wang, Jeffrey Watts, and many others. She also enjoys teaching art classes in a local gallery in San Juan Capistrano.
Her work has been displayed at many national and international juried competitions and shows and she has won numerous awards. Her work has also appeared in several juried OPA National and Regional Shows. You can see an updated list of her awards on her website. Her biggest career highlight is to be one of the exhibiting artists at the 2017 Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach California