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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.

 

THE COLONIST by Monte Toon

 

MACKINAW by Monte Toon

 

MARCH FIELDS by Monte Toon

 

NEEDLE POINT by Monte Toon

 

FARM POND by Monte Toon

 

QUIET PLEASE by Monte Toon

 

POND DUCKS by Monte Toon

 

LUNCH SPECIALS by Monte Toon

 

HIGHLAND LIGHTHOUSE by Monte Toon

 

MUD SEASON by Monte Toon

 

FAIR MAIDEN by Monte Toon

 

WINTER BOUQUET by Monte Toon

 

A FIDDLER ON THE BOSTON COMMONS by Monte Toon

 

A DECISIVE MOVE by Monte Toon

 

SIDEWALK CAFE by Monte Toon

 

WOODY by Monte Toon

 

TWISTED by Monte Toon

 

GRAY DAY by Monte Toon

 

GIRLS EVENING OUT by Monte Toon

 

MYSTIC MASTS by Monte Toon

 

OUTSIDE by Monte Toon

 

WINTER AT VALLEY FORGE by Monte Toon

 

TRANSITIONING by Monte Toon

 

MELRAY HAVEN by Monte Toon

 

SPERRY HOMESTEAD by Monte Toon

 

POWELL RIVER CANADA by Monte Toon

 

DELIMMA by Monte Toon

 

FORGOTTEN by Monte Toon

 

AUGUST by Monte Toon

 

YANKEES by Monte Toon

 

SHOPPING by Monte Toon

 

STROLLING by Monte Toon

 

LOW TIDE by Monte Toon

 

INLET AT PEGGY'S COVE by Monte Toon

 

DESERT WALK by Monte Toon

 

SUMMER IN MAINE by Monte Toon

 

VICTORIA EVENING by Monte Toon

 

FENCE LINE by Monte Toon

 

A NEW PATH by Monte Toon

 

NEIGHBORS GATE by Monte Toon

 

SOL by Monte Toon

SOL

 

THE RED BARN by Monte Toon

 

HOUSE AT PEI by Monte Toon

 

ROCKPORT MARSH by Monte Toon

 

FLOWER BOX by Monte Toon

 

THE BEACON by Monte Toon

 

HAVEN by Monte Toon

 

NIGHT SHIFT by Monte Toon