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About Me

Toni Danchik | The Artist

Living along the coast of Southern California has been a great source inspiration for me.  Painting subjects such as birds on the beach, sunsets, children building sand castles, dog walkers in the park, the beautiful land and seascapes I find myself in, has brought me great joy and fulfillment.   

Being born and raised in South Africa has given me some insight into the plight of women and children living in the shanty towns and rural villages with their lack of clean running water and the absence of the most basic facilities.  My heart is tender towards children who have been orphaned due to the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.  Through my art I have been able to tell their stories and bring awareness to their situations and I support several organizations that are making an impact at a grassroots level.

My skills as a painter was honed by taking painting workshops with accomplished artists such as Chris Gwaltney, Jacquelin Kamin, Jove Wang, Jeffrey Watts, and  many others. Now I also enjoy teaching art classes in a local gallery in San Juan Capistrano called MISSION FINE ART GALLERY.     

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


My camera is always ready to capture special moments when they occur. It could be a certain lighting on a child at play, someone walking their dogs, the interaction between seagulls on the beach, some fruit lying on a counter top or simply a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Part of what attracts me about a particular subject is the “story” behind every image.  These photos serve as reference for my studio paintings.


Good design, the rhythm  and interaction of shapes, colors, and the effects of light on a subject is what I search for when planning my paintings. I try to stay true to my first feeling and heartfelt response to my subject and I'm is always mindful of how I apply the paint to the canvas using expressive brushstrokes to bring energy and a feeling of spontaneity to my work.

Career Highlights

My work has been displayed at many national juried competitions and shows and have won numerous awards. My work has also appeared in several Juried OPA National and Regional Shows.  Being an exhibiting artist in 2017 & 2018 at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach California, California Art Club Gold Medal Show in 2019, 2020 have been some of my latest career highlights. An updated list of awards, exhibits are available upon request.

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