5/7/2012 9:01:00 AM New gallery opening at Hillside Sedona
'Raven' by Lynn Toneri
Lynn Toneri and Robb Hink have recently moved to Sedona after 32 years of operating and owning a successful gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Toneri Hink Gallery now calls Hillside Sedona its new home.
Lynn Toneri belongs to the newest generation of outdoor watercolorists. Painting landscapes, waterfowl and wildlife connects Lynn intimately to her environment, and has given her a reverence for nature that contributes to the essence of her work.
This has resulted in a lifelong commitment to wildlife preservation. Never without a camera, Lynn works from her own reference materials.
Her best paintings depend on the subject matter, but they reflect a special, sometimes unrelated nuance and flash of intuition. Her sense of art comes from deep within her imagination.
Backgrounds are as random and unpredictable as the weather itself. Foregrounds, on the other hand, are often emphasized patterns and reflections that the mind's eye does not normally see in the image portrayed. Although her paintings are not abstract, they are not entirely realistic because of her sophisticated and subtle use of color.
This can give her pictures an element of interest that goes beyond pure representation. She seems indifferent to exact, picture-perfect rules and continues to explore the free-flowing direct style that so vividly captures the moods of her subjects.
"I paint whatever I am doing," explained Toneri. "If I am scuba diving, I paint tropical fish; canoeing, waterfowl; hiking, wildlife and landscapes. If I am not active, I paint the flowers and bird life in my yard. I paint what I enjoy, and my watercolors reflect the excitement I find working in harmony with nature.
"When I see a flock in flight or the bright colors of a tropical sea or the beauty of my surroundings in the wilderness, my feeling is one of spirituallness. I try to translate the awe and wonder into my work. I cannot imagine being anything but an artist."
Sharing a passion for art, furniture maker R.C. (Robb) Hink meets watercolorist Lynn Toneri and the artists merge into a marriage in 1998.
Hink, in describing his work, said, "Innovative, creative, outlandishly fun, rustically elegant, whimsical, classic, off the wall; all are expressions I've heard to describe my artwork."
Thirty years and the passion still burn to create unique masterful art out of wood -- sculptures and furniture with a twist. Wild western buckaroo saddles carved from select woods, critter barstools, bootleg western bedroom suites and benches, organic native-wood armoires and bureaus, my classic boots, hats and dusters, unusual ceiling waterfowl and fish -- just a taste of my many visions.
Extraordinary designs and unusual forms bring artist and collector together; commissions are welcome. Kick back and enjoy my creations.
The Toneri Hink Gallery is located in the courtyard level, directly under Shugrues Hillside Grill, 671 SR 179, D-CT3, Sedona, AZ 86336. (208) 720-6514.