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Monte Toon

Monte Toon

Cleveland, OK

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In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas, with setting him on his life-long path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 43 years experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.

In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels in Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his works to new heights resulting in numerous solo shows of merit. He refers to this change as a re-dedication to his watercolors. His first major solo show was held in 1994. The exhibit titled “Journeys” contained over 50 full sheet (22”x 30”) original watercolors.

Knowledge of and a feeling for the subject are keys to Toon's current works. His earlier works depicted made up imagery. Closeness to the subject matter was absent. Since 1991, Toon's paintings reflect the kinship he feels for the subject matter. His works are of people he knows and places he has been. To allow the viewer to know about each painting, Toon has written a narrative to accompany each painting or print. Well received by the viewing public at Toon’s numerous solo shows, the narratives offer insight beyond the veneer of the image.

Art is Toon's life-long career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Art Education. He is also a graduate of Oklahoma State Technical Training Center in Graphic/Commercial Art. During his career in art, Toon has served as art teacher and freelance commercial artist. He retired in 2004 after serving 32 years as the Art Director and Graphic Designer for KTUL-TV, Channel 8, the ABC affiliate television station in Tulsa.. Toon is a Signature Member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.

His work has been displayed in numerous solo shows including the Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls, Texas, The Rockport Center for the Arts , Rockport, Texas, The Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Coffeyville Center for the Arts, Coffeyville, Kansas, Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, Independence, Kansas and the Springfield Regional Arts Center, Springfield, Missouri.

Monte and his wife, Linda, reside at Lake Keystone, near Cleveland, Oklahoma.

 

FIVE OCLOCK SOMEWHERE by Monte Toon

 

ALASKA ICE by Monte Toon

 

HOMECOMING by Monte Toon

 

TIME TO GO HOME by Monte Toon

 

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES by Monte Toon

 

HARVESTED FIELDS by Monte Toon

 

NIGHT TRAIN SPECIAL by Monte Toon

 

SNOW POWDER by Monte Toon

 

DESPERATION by Monte Toon

 

ANGRY MOTHER NATURE by Monte Toon

 

THE EYES HAVE IT by Monte Toon

 

SPRING FEVER by Monte Toon

 

PEACE by Monte Toon

 

OCTOBER by Monte Toon

 

OCEAN BLUE by Monte Toon

 

MAY by Monte Toon

MAY

 

MARS by Monte Toon

 

MARCH by Monte Toon

 

LET IT SNOW by Monte Toon

 

JULY by Monte Toon

 

JANUARY by Monte Toon

 

MORNING MIST by Monte Toon

 

BLUE DOOR by Monte Toon

 

WATER PUMP by Monte Toon

 

THE VISIT by Monte Toon

 

BUGS AND SPIDERS by Monte Toon

 

NEAR SPRING by Monte Toon

 

ALLEY FENCES by Monte Toon

 

COUNTRY HOME by Monte Toon

 

MILL POND by Monte Toon

 

CONCENTRATION by Monte Toon

 

SPRINGTIME AT ROUND POND MAINE by Monte Toon

 

EMILY AND JASON by Monte Toon

 

OLD CENTRAL by Monte Toon

 

BREAKFAST TAB by Monte Toon

 

LEARNING THE PAST by Monte Toon

 

ELDRED ROCK LIGHTHOUSE by Monte Toon

 

OUTER BANKS SHACK by Monte Toon

 

HEYL HOUSE, MINNEAPOLIS, KANSAS by Monte Toon

 

RURAL MAINE by Monte Toon

 

THE WAY WE WERE by Monte Toon

 

HELEN by Monte Toon

 

HIGH COUNTRY by Monte Toon

 

SILOAM SPRINGS PARK by Monte Toon

 

MOON RISE by Monte Toon

 

TENDING THE NET by Monte Toon

 

WOODLAND STREAM by Monte Toon

 

SILVERTON COLORADO by Monte Toon