Discover the artist in you
Welcome to the wonderful world of oil painting techniques.
All levels of Artists are welcome. For the absolute novice, we offer an introduction to oil painting and for the intermediate and advanced artists, we have demo lessons, tips and trick of the Old as well as, the New Masters to help you to get a firm grip on specific oil painting techniques which you wish to make your own.
Your Art Master is Leone Tonkinson, an active artist who is passionate about teaching artists how to find their personal signature through oil painting. Leone is South African born fine artists with a career in architecture.
“ I have always been fascinated by relationships that take place in the shadows, reflective colors, the way color is manipulated by light and the glow of living things, like skin and fruit, the way color changes as it recedes, the balance between positive and negative space and most of all, finding the right color for the right job.”
While studying abroad, Leone fell in love with the Dutch people and their culture, and decided to make the Netherlands her home. In 2006 she closed her Port Elizabeth School of fine art and in 2008 Leone registered TonkinsonARTmasters at the Chamber of Commerce, in Europe, in The Netherlands.
In South Africa, Leone is known for her African wildlife and portrait paintings, of which she boasts 163 portraits in oils. In Europe Leone is known for her realism and what sets her apart is her gift for mixing color and her understanding of light. Or as she describes it herself: "… the light in Europe is so different to the South African light. I had to reinvent my dance between light and color".
Although Leone has explored a variety of art mediums, she is most passionate about oil painting. “Oil painting is so… forgiving, unfortunately, only if you know what you are doing. So, one can understand how daunting it could be for the absolute Novice.
Together we find the right combination of techniques that best suit the artists needs wishes and skills. I help them create unique works of art, imbued with their own message, personal style and signature…… and they get to choose their own projects.
was established in 1981 by Leone Tonkinson and is situated in Europe, since 2008.
We specialize in teaching oil painting techniques as far back as those from the 16th century old Masters, in combination with those of our contemporary Masters of today.
In a short period of time, Artists will achieve astonishing results because together we will
Discover the Artist in you
Develop your personal style and determine which compilations of oil painting techniques best suit your needs.