Toni Danchik always has her eyes open and camera ready to capture special moments: 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.
Growing up in South Africa gave her 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.
Toni’s uses her influence to bring awareness to the AIDS crisis and support organizations that are making an impact at a grassroots level.
Toni’s artist’s spirit was rekindled after she moved to the US. She was introduced to the early California Impressionists, the local plein air painters and the inspiring art of the Russian Impressionists. 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.