Tonja’s mixed media pieces are a combination of photography and painting. The process begins with a photo that Tonja has taken or a found historical photo. She edits the photo, prints it on canvas and paints on the photographic print with oil paint.
The process of creating the final piece includes a bold yet controlled procedure of applying paint, leaving brush strokes, exposing parts of the photo and transforming the photograph into a painting.
She loves creating a beautiful piece of art that speaks to the heart of the viewer, especially when the image alone may not normally get a second look.
A native Iowan, Tonja’s career began with a BFA in painting from Arizona State University in1991. She has shown in galleries and participated in art shows all over the United States. Her work has found homes in places as far away as Australia, Taiwan and Japan.
To view the exhibition, click on the link Life Layers.