Toni Lowenthal - Pastel
Toni Lowenthal’s jump into the art world was by chance. Her daughter sent her a selfie and dared her to try her hand at drawing. Toni was shocked at how well it turned out! It was like discovering she had won the lottery at birth and never knew until that moment. In 2018 she took her first painting class, studying acrylics under Alfred Shull and Joe Ciaccio. After being inspired in a pastel class with Sheri Ramsey she discovered Tracey Maras’ and Rita Williams’ group meeting at Tranquility Art Studios and started her focus on pastels. Toni’s work has been exhibited in multiple IPPS exhibits, the Edward’s Place Fine Art show, and the Chatham Library. Toni is currently working as the emerging artist at the Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space with juried work on display in the gallery. Her solo show, “Up Close” will open in August. Toni grew up in Litchfield, IL and graduated SIUE with a BA in English Literature, minor in Mass Communications, then went on to study at Webster University for an MA in Communications Management. She lived in the St. Louis area for about ten years before moving to Springfield in 2013. She worked in graphic design, marketing, community relations, public relations and radio sales. Toni says “My time creating art has been some of my most fulfilling moments in my life. It brings me alive.”
I am a visual artist working in soft pastels. I enjoy flipping my perspective on life. I find that looking very closely or at a different angle helps me to see the world with fresh eyes. I notice beauty in things that I might have passed over before. This brings me back to myself and in so doing, brings me into communion with the world and life around me. I love chaos jutted up against structure and texture that culminates in smooth waves. I love to capture the calm of a single moment found in nature or the abstraction of a frenetic thought. My art is about life and all the messy intricacies that make it worth living.