Contemporary abstract artist Tonya Bottomley is a native and resident of Western North Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree from Winston-Salem State University. Tonya completed courses in design, sculpture and painting at Brenau University in Georgia and also studied anatomy and figure drawing at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona. Her work is held in private, public and corporate collections.
“My recent work is a series of abstract botanical acrylic and oil paintings. The series is dominated by organic, curvilinear shapes - and is a departure from the geometric shapes and angles of previous paintings. In this new series of paintings Nature is always the starting point, always the vehicle for expressing my personal artistic vision. The paintings represent the tangible world, interpreted by my subconscious – and often reference and interlace components of the natural world’s most basic elements – leaves, trees, flowers, seeds, pods, etc. Most of the imagery in this series is usually recognizable as belonging to the natural world regardless of the particular configuration in which it is presented. In this sense I am a painter of subconscious objects and landscapes that parallel the natural world.”