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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.

 

BLUE ROCKS NOVA SCOTIA by Monte Toon

 

LOUISBOURG LIGHTHOUSE by Monte Toon

 

NEWFOUNDLAND PUFFIN by Monte Toon

 

POINT AMOUR LABRADOR LIGHTHOUSE by Monte Toon

 

RED DOORS AT PEGGYS COVE by Monte Toon

 

STAGE AT PEGGYS COVE by Monte Toon

 

STAGES OF THE PAST by Monte Toon

 

QUITTING TIME by Monte Toon

 

RFD by Monte Toon

RFD

 

WOOD WAGON by Monte Toon

 

GRANDMA'S PORCH by Monte Toon

 

RAVEN ROOST by Monte Toon

 

MARKET DAY by Monte Toon

 

SNOW DAY by Monte Toon

 

PEGGY'S LIGHT by Monte Toon

 

JUST VISITING by Monte Toon

 

TYBEE ISLAND ROSES by Monte Toon

 

SEPIA AFTERNOON by Monte Toon

 

GUARDIAN OF THE FIELDS by Monte Toon

 

COOL WATER by Monte Toon

 

SAFE FROM THE STORM by Monte Toon

 

SHORE BEACON by Monte Toon

 

CANA LIGHT IN DOOR COUNTY by Monte Toon

 

BY THE SEA by Monte Toon

 

ISLAND BREEZES by Monte Toon

 

STAKING A CLAIM by Monte Toon

 

PASSING TIME by Monte Toon

 

AFTERNOON AT OWL'S HEAD LIGHTHOUSE by Monte Toon

 

FRAYED by Monte Toon

 

MOUNTAIN MAN by Monte Toon

 

THE MUSIC MAN by Monte Toon

 

RENFRO by Monte Toon

 

CASTINE CALL by Monte Toon

 

ORB by Monte Toon

ORB

 

COZY by Monte Toon

 

GRANDPA'S MOWER by Monte Toon

 

ICICLES by Monte Toon

 

LUNCH HOUR by Monte Toon

 

MYSTIC AUTUMN by Monte Toon

 

CORN ROWS by Monte Toon

 

GARDEN ORB by Monte Toon

 

MONDAY by Monte Toon

 

GRAND LAKE REGATTA by Monte Toon

 

RIVERWALK LUNCH by Monte Toon

 

THE QUILTER by Monte Toon

 

WIND MUSIC by Monte Toon

 

DOOR COUNTY by Monte Toon

 

FAMILY REUNION by Monte Toon