Bio

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

History and mythology need to

Include the unrestricted stories of all women.

The female perspective should be reflected in aesthetics, values, spirituality and morality.

I develop imagery that shows the natural beauty and intelligence

In aspects of the multicultural life of

Sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers all;

And celebrate our commonality through time.

THEMES

"Painting the world of women in the most loving way; of color, boldness and creativity"

~ Abby Arquero, Elder Cochiti Pueblo Teacher Santa Fe Indian School

TONI TRUESDALE'S BIO

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My love and pursuit of art began at a young age. I had my first exhibit when I was 14 years old and by 15, I was drawing professional portraits. In the years since, I have exhibited in more than 20 one-woman shows and 30 group shows; executed more than 40 murals in schools, universities, and museums; and published illustrations in more than a dozen publications including the cover of a WeMoon datebook.

 

In 2012, the state of New Mexico asked me to create a series of posters and illustrations for its Healthy Kids New Mexico campaign aimed at instilling healthy behaviors among the state's children. I illustrated of a series of four-color children's books and also wordless books.

As a teacher for more than 30 years, I inspired and was inspired by all my students coming from diverse backgrounds. 

My art creates sublime celebrations of women and the natural environment representing the diversity of world cultures. I develop imagery that shows the natural beauty and intelligence in all aspects of the life of sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers in a multicultural world by honoring our commonality through time.  In more than 500 large works and thousands of art prints, drawings in both wet and dry media, I use beauty to evoke the female side of both history and mythology.

 

From my studio in Biddeford, Maine, I continue working as a freelance illustrator and muralist, to represent the common culture of women that I call "the invisible kernel" within all mainstream and indigenous cultures.

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Major Works

2018

"Testimony of Trees" WASPS artist residency, Newburgh, Scotland

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2017

EarthScapes 2002

Bear Ears" 2017

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2015

"Migrations" WASPS artist Residency, Glasgow, Scotland 

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2013 - 

"Culture of Women"

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2000-2004

"Leaves, Papyrus, Shell and Bones:

The Women Oracles" 

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1985 - 

"Divine Ladies and Spiritual Women"  

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1976 - 1983

Trials: The African-American and

Native American Holocaust" 

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In Media

  • Cover image of We'Moon'07 datebook images in datebook and calendar 1998-2020