Associate Artist Member of California Art Club
Associate Artist Member of American Impressionist Society
Member of BACPAC (Bay Area Plein air Artists Club)
Contemporary landscape artist, Tonya Zenin was born in the Far East of Russia. Tonya’s artistic training began at age 6 and she has been drawing and painting ever since. By age 10, she was honored to be selected for the highly competitive Children's Art school in Khabarovsk and began her training in the studio of noted instructors and artists. Tonya pursued her interest in art at College of Fine Arts, Khabarovsk where she developed her skills in draftsmanship and in the painterly use of oils. Her studies expanded her knowledge in composition, form and design. She graduated in 1996 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Arts. In 1997, Tonya moved to Northern California. During the ensuing decade she developed a promising career in web and graphic design, meanwhile she relentlessly devoted more and more time to working with oils. In addition to active painting with the BACPAC group, she pursued advanced studies in Plein Air Landscape at the California Academy of Painters with noted artist Brigitte Curt, as well as taking workshops and master classes with nationally known artists Brian Blood, Frank Serrano, Bill Davidson and Ovanes Berberian. Although the majority of Tonya’s painting is done on location Alla Prima, where the accent is on the observation of nature and its great principles, Tonya also enjoys painting in her studio. There she creates her larger paintings from the outdoor field sketches, giving her an opportunity to develop a body of work nourished by her imagination. Tonya now paints for gallery exhibitions and local and out-of-state juried shows. Tonya’s current work is shown at Silvana Gallery in Glendale and her paintings are in private collections in California and throughout the United States, as well as in Russia.
Exhibits – Past and Present