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T H E   F i N E   A R T   O F   O i L   P A I N T i N G

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“...for me it`s about the relationship between objects, the astonishing things that happen in the shadows, in the reflections and in the details.

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L E O N E   T O N K i N S O N

South African born and based in the Netherlands.

At the early age of 6, Leone was already drawing profusely, boasting a well oiled collection of art materials.

By the time she reached primary school, she had clients, needless to say, as the demand for her work grew, her father honed her business skills and so she came to graduated from high school with a university exemption Leone Tonkinsonfor graphic and commercial art.

In 1994 Leone left a 13 year career in Architecture, (designing Schools, Shopping Centers and Sporting Facilities), to pursue a BA Fine Arts degree at UNISA.

In 2000 she relocated to Port Elizabeth and it is here where she saw an opportunity to open an Art School which quickly grew into The Port Elizabeth School of Fine Art.


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Tonkinson studio 2006In 2005, Leone sort accreditation from NMMU and accepted a sponsorship to complete her sabbatical in the Netherlands,
however, while studying abroad, she came to love the Dutch culture and decided to make the Netherlands her home.

In 2006:

 Leone relocated to the Netherlands, and went on to establish an Art School by the name of - TonkinsonARTmasters. Now popularly know as TAM
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To date, Leone have taught more than 1 650 students, all of which have successfully completed 3 years or more. A generous amount of 72% of her former student artists are still active to date.

Leone has had the privilege of assisting in organizing over 450 solo exhibitions.

In 2008, She held her first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, went on to establish a nonprofit organization, the europARTexpo.  A platform for artists from all around the world.
To date, Leone has two studios, one in Apeldoorn and the other in Bussum. Here she offers weekly workshops in the fine art of oil painting techniques.

Leone also is still an active artist herself. She works from her studio in a quint village called  Radio Kootwijk which is situated in a Nature Reserve on the Hooge Veluwe. Leone is a passionate teacher and enjoys traveling to her Workshops throughout Europe.

Despite her busy schedule Leone still holds one solo exhibition every year on Monument day in the Netherlands.


“Mijn uitdaging is het spelen met licht en de magische illusie van licht in een kleur. Ik vind het een uitdaging om kleuren te mengen. Ik heb er een theorie over ontwikkeld en het is nu mijn favorite les onderwerp.”

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My challenge is capturing the magical illusive light within color itself.

I have always found color mixing for realism to be quite daunting,  thats why I decided to develop my own color wheel

To date its my favorite lecture..

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Fresh out of architectural service, Leone boasted over 163 portraits of government officials.

2000 - 2006, Leone gracefully painted her way into African wild life and specialized in wild cats.

2007 - 2013, Her European portfolio continued to grow in portraiture commissions and African wild life.

2014 - 2016, Leone dedicate 3 years to the study of works by contemporary European Art Masters: Walter Elst, Henk Helmantel, Jura Bedic, Ger Stavenga, Tjalf Sparnaaij and Mohlmann.

2017 - 2019, Leone plans to dedicate the next 2 years on developing  composition in wild life. Using her back yard and the Hooge Veluwe Nature Reserve as her source of inspiration.

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Its no wonder that Leone's work carries a distinct architectural flavor. Her work resonates with a compilation of eclectic textures, typical of her South African roots.

Leone's work is exceptionally neat and articulatory assembled. She is a perfectionist in all senses of the word.

In our interview, we discovered that Leone has an innovative hobby- designing and streamlining her studios and its equipment,. Leone has made an array of tailored prochade boxes and innovative tools especially designed to accommodate her active artistic life.

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Leslocaties  -   Apeldoorn  *   Bussum


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This web page is the home page of Art Master Leone Tonkinson and is managed by her. She the sole, worldwide copyright holder and web master of all her creative works. All her images in this and all other web sites can only exist through her express permission. The artist reserves the right to publish, make copies and to sell prints of all her artworks, which appear on this site as well as all other web sites, for the sole purpose of her income and towards her pension fund.

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