About

Bio

Contemporary abstract artist Tonya Bottomley is a native and resident of Western North Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University with a BSN. Tonya completed courses in design, sculpture and painting at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia and also studied anatomy and figure drawing at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona. Her work is held in private, public, and corporate collections.


Artist’s Statement

“My work reflects my reverence for the natural world. With Nature as my starting point, most of my paintings are dominated by organic, curvilinear shapes and rhythms. The paintings represent the tangible world interpreted by my subconscious. I often reference and interlace components of the natural world’s most basic elements. Most of the imagery in my paintings is usually recognizable as belonging to the natural world regardless of the particular configuration in which it is presented. In this sense I am a painter of subconscious objects and landscapes that parallel the natural world.”

“During the process of painting, I am looking for a balance between the spontaneous and the intentional, between the abstract and the representational. I want the finished paintings to provide a kindness to the viewer both spiritually and emotionally while leading the eye on an aesthetic journey. I want the viewer to find beauty and emotional ease.”

 Publications

High Country Press, Carlton Gallery’s 34th Spring Group Exhibition With Artists’ Spotlight “Perceptions of Nature”. May 2016. (click pdf to read article)HC-Press.pdf

Carolina Arts, “Carlton Gallery 34th Spring Group Exhibition” 2016. (click pdf to read article)Carolina-Arts.pdf

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff catalog, customer art, 2016. (click pdf to read article)Cheap-Joes.pdf

Western North Carolina, “Last Page”, featured artist, Sept/Oct 2015. (click pdf to read article)WNC-Mag.pdf

Western North Carolina, “Color Study – artwork inspired by nature’s palette”. Sept/Oct 2011.

Welcome to Wilkes magazine – “An Artist Profile”, Fall 2011.

Wilkes Journal Patriot newspaper interview, “Artists Abundant in Wilkes.” Aug. 22, 2011.

 (click pdf to read article)ArtMix wilkes jp article-interview 2011.pdf

Mountain Times newspaper, “Bottomley Unveils New Style at Alta Vista Gallery”, Aug. 26, 2010.

Western North Carolina, “Road Trip – Valle Crucis”, Sept/Oct 2009.

Mountain Times newspaper, “The Personal Side of Painting”, Aug. 20, 2009.

Artsync: The Art Magazine of North Carolina - cover contest, March 2009.

Exhibitions

2018 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC.

2017 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N.Wilkesboro, NC.

 

2016 – “Nature In The Abstract,” solo exhibition, Village Smith Galleries, Winston-Salem, NC.

2016 – “Perceptions of Nature,” 3-person exhibition, Carlton Gallery, Banner Elk, NC.

2016 – Northwest Artist’s League 37th annual juried competition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2016 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition. Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC.

2016 – Cheap Joe's 15th Annual Art Competition. Boone, NC.

 

2015 – “Best of the Blue Ridge,” juried competition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

2015 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

2015 – Northwest Artist’s League 36th annual juried competition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2015 – Cheap Joe’s 14th Annual Art Competition. Boone, NC.

 

2014 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC.

2014 – Northwest Artist’s League 35th annual juried competition. Purchase award. Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2014 – Cheap Joe’s 13th Annual Art Competition, 1st place, Boone, NC.

 

2013 – Associated Artists of Winston-Salem juried competition, Milton Rhodes Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC.

2013 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Hiddenite Arts Center, Hiddenite, NC.

2013 – Invitational Group Exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2013 – Cheap Joe’s 12th Annual Art Competition, 2nd place, Boone, NC.

 

2012 – “Best of the Blue Ridge” juried competition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

2012 – “Hey Diddle Diddle,” invitational exhibition, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC.

2012 – Northwest Artist’s League 33rd annual competition, 1st place, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2012 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Watauga Arts Council, Boone, NC.

 

2011 – “50Fifty,” invitational exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2011 – “Location, Location, Location,” Associated Artists of Winston Salem juried competition, 2nd place, Winston-Salem, NC.

2011 – “ArtMix,” group exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

 

2010 – “Carolina’s Got Art,” juried competition open to NC and SC artists. Charlotte, NC

2010 - 2011  – “Carolina’s Got Art,” traveling exhibition, various venues in NC and SC.

2010 – “Bare and Bold,” solo exhibition, Alta Vista Gallery, Valle Crucis, NC.

2010 - Northwest Artist’s League 31st annual juried competition, 2nd place, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2010 – “Best of the Blue Ridge,” juried competition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

 

2009 – Lake Norman Art League juried spring exhibition, honorable mention, Davidson, NC.

2009 – American Juried Art Salon Online Spring/Summer competition, Plano, Tx.

2009 – Two person exhibition, Jefferson Landing Country Club, Jefferson, NC.

2009 – “Ashe County Artists,” group exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2009 – “Best of The Blue Ridge,” juried competition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

 

2008 – “New Work,” solo exhibition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2008 – Northwest Artist’s League 29th annual juried competition, honorable mention and three purchase awards, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

 

2007 – “Morrison Memorial Juried Art Show,” 1st place, Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC.

2007 – “Best of the Blue Ridge,” juried competition, 1st place, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

2007 – One of 30 NC artists commissioned to paint a 60”x60” painting for Hanes Companies Corporate Headquarters, Winston-Salem, NC.

 

2006 – “Best of the Blue Ridge,” juried competition, Ashe County Arts Council, W. Jefferson, NC.

2005 – Northwest Artist’s League 26th annual juried competition, Wilkes Art Gallery, N. Wilkesboro, NC.

2002 – Gainesville Artist’s League, juried competition, honorable mention, Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, Ga.

2001 – Student Show, best in show, Brenau University, Gainesville, Ga.

 

 Collections

Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

Hanes Companies, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC.

Aycock & Aycock PLLC, Greensboro, NC.

Wachovia Bank

Black Diamond Capital Group, West Jefferson, NC.

Carolina Realty of Wilkes, Wilkesboro, NC.

Ashe High Country Realty, West Jefferson, NC

Shatley Farms Distribution Center, West Jefferson, NC.

Elevation Web Designs, West Jefferson, NC.

Ashe High Country Vacations, West Jefferson, NC.

 

Private Patrons:

North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, London, Tele Aviv.