Biography / Artist Statement
“I guess I was born an artist – I am unable to remember when I didn’t have a crayon, pencil, or brush in my hand,” declares Toni Arnett.
To Toni, school was very boring, so when the tests were passed out she would just draw horses on them. They passed her anyway, but she doesn’t know why.
College was different. She studied hard and made good grades getting a degree in business rather than following her passion in art. She now knows that doing what one loves is the secret to a rich fulfilling life. Toni also learned it’s never too late.
Her art education came mainly from workshops taught by artists she admired. Painting the drama of light she learned from Frank Gervasi. Millard Sheets told her, “Never paint the same color twice.” From Glenna Goodacre, she received an education in the basics.
Toni’s goal is to capture the soul of what she paints. She believes without capturing the soul of the subject, the piece is just a painting, not necessarily art. It must hold onto the viewer in a special way. This connection to others is her joy in painting.
Every day I see majesty: rolling hills, big skies, long views, and jade-green rivers. Where I live, nature is still unmarred by modern footprint, and its beauty takes my breath away. My paintings are about that— Toni Arnett
- Driscol Collection – Beijing, China
- Society of American Impressionists
- National Western Artists Association – Texas Tech University – 3rd Place OIls
- Diamond M. Museum
- Showed in American Embassies program
- Retrospective show Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts – Lubbock, TX
- Permanent Collection Texas Tech University Museum Find Painting
- “American Artist” magazine show in Beijing
- Feature Artist “Southwest Art” magazine
- Feature Artist “american Artist” magazine
- Painting the Still Life by Olga Zaferates – Watson Guptill Book
- “Art of the West Texas Women” book
– Kippa D. Hopper
– Laurie J. Churchill