About the Artist


Toni Danchik - Biography

Toni Danchik | Fine Artist


Toni was born and raised in South Africa. After studying printmaking at the Johannesburg Technical College she worked as an account manager at a design agency. This lead to a position as an in-house graphic artist where she spent the next ten years buying print, designing catalogs and record sleeves, planning advertising campaigns and running their in-house newspaper and monthly newsletters.


After moving to the United States in 1994, the artist within started to emerge. She studied with artists like Chris Gwaltney, Ruth Hollis, Jove Wang, and Jeffrey Watts and has taken many workshops with other well-known artists like CW Mundy, Carolyn Anderson and others to hone her skill as a fine artist.

Meeting Jove Wang was the major turning point in her career. He was able to unlock the true artist in her and instilled in her certain procedures and techniques. He laid a solid foundation in composition, rhythm, color harmony, warm and cool color values, how to mix and master grays and to trust her first feeling while she is painting. He also taught her how to paint the human form and to look for the underlying structure of the figure and not to just “paint the light”.  She considers Jove to be her mentor and teacher, someone who has encouraged her to develop her critical thinking processes and to have the endurance to become a great artist. Toni was also fortunate to go with Jove Wang who led a group of artists to Russia on a Painting Workshop in St. Petersburg and Moscow during 2003. Toni was greatly influenced by the work she saw in the Russian State Museum, Repin’s Studio, The Hermitage, Tretyakov Gallery and the Academia. In 2005 she had the privilege of attending a 15 day intense workshop with a group of students at the private studio of Jove Wang in Jilin, China.


Artist Statement |

It is important for me to paint my first impression and feeling toward the scene or a subject in front of me and not to slavishly copy it like a photographic reproduction.  I am constantly aware of keeping my brushstrokes fresh and am mindful of strong design and composition as tools to capture the essence of my subject.  I enjoy exploring new procedures and techniques to bring freshness, richness and variety to my work. 


Awards, Achievements & Juried Shows |



Juried Shows:

–  Oil Painters of America 24th National Exhibition (Fishing Boat, San Pedro, 16 x 20)

–  Huntington Beach Art Center - “CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM - Plein Air Painting Past & Present” ( Mission San Juan Capistrano, 18 x 24)

–  Chemers Gallery - 8th Annual "Viewpoints | Orange County" (Sailing out of Dana Point Harbor & Mission SJC 24 x 30)

–  LPAPA "Less is More" (Los Rios House 9 x 12)

–  WSITL & International Justice Mission - Fundraiser - "That you may Prosper"


Art Demonstrations:

–  Saddleback Art League – Still Life Demo                            

–  Anaheim Art Association

Show Judge:             

–  San Clemente Art Association

–  TAC - The Arts Colony - Riverside.


 – Weekly classes in San Juan Capistrano, CA


Juried Art Shows:  

– LPAPA “Less is More”


– Star Motors – Group Show

 – Ryman Arts - Fundraiser

 – SOCALPAPA OC Parks - Back Bay Show

 – ARTISAN GALLERY - Mission Viejo Country Club - Group Show


–  2nd Place - OC Parks - Back Bay Show - Judge - John Cosby

–  Featured Artist - FASO

– Fav 15% Boldbrush



Artist Demonstration  –  PAAR – Plein Air Artists of Riverside CA 
 – Demo at Fremont Lake 

                              – TAC The Art Colony, Carona CA – Still Life Demo

Workshops               – Private Art Group Workshops - Yorba Linda & San Diego CA

Juried Art Shows      – “Capture the Light” – La Jolla Art Association  – Honorable Mention

Exhibits                   – SCAA “Paint San Clemente”             

                               – Artisan Gallery – Holiday Exhibit      

                               – Higbee Gallery – 6” Show

                               – SOCALPAPA - Back Bay Show

Teaching                  – Weekly classes in San Juan Capistrano CA



June- September      - Art-A-Fair  | Annual Juried Art Festival | Laguna Beach

June      - Juried into Segil Gallery | Monrovia | Farm to Market Show

April       – Juried into Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery TX |"Lobsters, Crabs & Pickles"

March    – Show Judge for SOCALPAPA's Impressionist Show

Feb        – Plein Air Group Show- Golden West College with Ken Auster,

                Jacobus Baas, Rick Delanty, John Eagle & others


June      – Juried into American Women Artist (AWA) National exhibit |

                Huff Harrington Fine Art | Atlanta Georgia |

June      – Paint San Clemente | SCAA | Honorable Mention for "Calafia" |

June      – Juried into Oil Painters of America 20th Annual Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils |

                Devin Galleries | Idaho

Feb        – 2 Paintings Juried into Salon International | Greenhouse Gallery TX

2011     – Curated 3 Artisan Gallery shows at MVCC of 20 artists consisting of over 250 paintings.



June      – Corona Artist Association- Show Judge

June      – SOCALPAPA Islands Show | 2nd Place “Island Shack”

July       – SCAA – Paint San Clemente Quick Draw | Honorable Mention “Patti”

July       – SCAA – Paint San Clemente | Honorable Mention “San Clemente |  Morning from the Pier”

Sept      – California Impressionist |Then and Now Show |Judged by Jean Stern Curator|

                Irvine Museum - Honorable Mention - “Beacon Hill”

2007     – LPAPA “Less is More” Juried Miniature Show

2006     – Juried into the OPA Fifteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Montana

2005     – Juried into the OPA Fourteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Chicago


Exhibits |




2011      –    Artist Event | Artisan Gallery | Mission Viejo Country Club

2010      –    Newport Beach Muth Interpretive Center “Back Bay Show”

2010      –    Mission Viejo Country Club

2009      –    Mission San Juan Capistrano

2008      –    Zonta of Newport Harbor

2008      –    Orange Coast Magazine Arthouse - Ladera Ranch


Art Consultant & Curator |

              –   Mission Viejo Country Club | Artisan Gallery


Memberships/Associations |

             –    Oil Painters of America

             –    SOCALPAPA

             –    California Art Club

             –    San Clemente Artist Association

             –    American Women Artists


Charity |

Toni and her husband, Paul, have a heart for the HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa and are very involved with Acres of Love (www.acresoflove.org), an organization that rescues these abandoned children and gives them a home and hope for the future.


Toni Danchik - Biography