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.
"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
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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"Testimony of Trees" WASPS artist residency, Newburgh, Scotland
Bear Ears" 2017
"Migrations" WASPS artist Residency, Glasgow, Scotland
"Culture of Women"
"Leaves, Papyrus, Shell and Bones:
The Women Oracles"
"Divine Ladies and Spiritual Women"
1976 - 1983
Trials: The African-American and
Native American Holocaust"
"Artists’ Cultural Borrowing," The New York Times, Opinion to the Editor, June 24, 2017
"Feminine Identity in African Art," 2016 Camden Conference, Maine
"Found Art: What does it take to get an old house to divulge its secrets?", TheBurg News, August 29, 2014
Toni Truesdale Artist in residence, The Steeple Newburgh North Fife, September 30, 2013
National Association of Women Artists: Toni Truesdale in Members' Gallery
Wasps_ Artists Studios, Glasgow, UK, Toni Truesdale Artist Profile
Cover image of We'Moon'07 datebook images in datebook and calendar 1998-2020