Toni MacDonald, visual artist
Toni was born in Halifax, NS, and moved to the Windsor-Essex community with her family in 1966. Her mother first introduced her to pen and ink techniques and her first set of drawing & painting tools for her 16th birthday. Toni attended the Fine Arts program at the University of Windsor, majoring in drawing. She spent the first part of her career in graphic design within the publishing industry. The second part of Toni’s career was spent in the field of Human Resources, where she worked primarily in development of employability skills. Toni is now developing her reputation as an artist.
In university, Toni developed a fascination for the ink and drawing techniques of artists such as Arthur Rackham and Charles Robinson. Later influences include the bold colour applications of Canadian artists such as Emily Carr and Cecil Youngfox as well as Georgia O’Keefe.
All the world is an illusion. Whether Toni uses acrylics on canvas or watercolours and pencil on paper, her intent is the same; to build layers of colour and texture to create images that are truly unique and inviting to the eye. Upon closer examination, each section is an abstract in itself. Toni's current series, "Wet Dreams" creates a fantasy world of underwater ocean life - a world that most of us can dream about but may never see. Her floral series in acrylics on canvas "Grandma's Window," is a tribute to her grandmother and time spent in her garden. Once called, “Giantism” by a friend to describe her canvases, the flowers and greenery in this group are larger than life and very expressive.
Toni resides in the Windsor Essex Community.