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About Me


I'M TONA BARKLEY

My art is all about people – the human face and figure in all of its ages, activities and manifestations. Sometimes I venture into other genres including landscape, but usually a person happens into that landscape.  People are endlessly fascinating to me, and I never tire of drawing and painting them.  You'll see in my work a variety of media and styles as it's important to me always to explore and allow my inner inspiration to guide me wherever it will.    

My husband John Harrod and I perform as a duo and in our band, Kentucky Wild Horse, and are active in the fascinating world of Old-Time music.  John and our musician friends and traditional music forebears make wonderful subjects for my paintings.  I also love to explore beach subjects and people interacting with animals.        

I've been a maker of art all my life, but following my retirement in 2006 from Kentucky Educational Television, where I served as communications director, I’ve made art my second career.  A collection of my music-related work is displayed as part of the permanent collection of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. My official portrait of Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo will be unveiled in the Kentucky State Capitol shortly.  My work is also included in the Brown-Forman collection in Louisville.   

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Inspiration

I've been a voracious student of art since my college days, taking art classes, visiting museums and reading about art.  I'm most inspired by the Fauves and early modernists and those who pursued figurative work even during Abstract Expressionist days.

Techniques

I work in oil, watercolor, gouache, ink and multimedia.  

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