Artist Statement

I am eternally a lover of the arts. The energy and peace I feel in a museum is something that moves me like nothing else. I have always thought of art as being alive. Observing an artist’s creation, one is able to catch a glimpse inside the complex mind of the artist, which I have always found fascinating and connective. Art leads to wonder and exploration - it will tap right into your mind, heart and soul, and it will inspire you.

I am in love with nature, color, bright and whimsical ideas and images. Being unplugged and immersed in the beauty of nature brings forth a profound sense of peacefulness, yet it simultaneously rejuvenates and energizes me. Trees are especially beautiful to me – they are extraordinary in all that they give to our earth and its living beings – oxygen, shade, fruit, and medicine – they are strong and grounded, and they have witnessed ages more than people have.

My work is whimsical and bright, and my hope is that it will be uplifting for others. Everything I create comes from love deep within my soul.

Biography

Josie V. Toney is an artist, illustrator, and designer with a surrealistic style that is whimsical and bright. Her work is comprised of a variety of mediums including acrylic, pastels, watercolor, marker, color pencil and graphite.

A sixth generation Atlantan, Josie was a born artist, following in the creative footsteps of her architect father, Philip Vrooman, with inherited design sense. In addition to her bachelor degree in business administration from the College of Charleston, she holds a master’s degree in design and manufacture, with a specialization in footwear design, from De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Josie has been creating art since she was a child. She began actively exhibiting her work in 2002, in South Florida, where she worked in the fashion footwear industry for a leading designer. In 2009, Josie relocated to Savannah, Georgia, where she continued to exhibit and create art in the community as a member of the Savannah Art Association.

Josie is an active member of the Chestatee Artists, Bowen Center for the Arts, and the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. Her work can be found in local galleries, boutiques, indie bookstores, and in her new booth, The Fish and the Yogi, shared with her husband, at Barn and Beach Designs in Dahlonega. Inspired by her practice, Josie creates yoga apparel featuring her art, which can be found in her booth and online in her Etsy Shop.

Josie is a published children's book illustrator. Her first book, Georgia ABCs: A Finding Milo Book, written by Chris Jespersen, debuted in October of 2019. The first in a series of whimsical alphabet books that feature the state's places, plants and animals in verse, while readers have fun searching for the curious dog, Milo, who appears in every letter. Josie recently completed illustrations for the second book in the series, California ABC’s: A Finding Milo Book, and is looking forward to its debut.

Josie resides in Cleveland, Georgia with her supportive husband, adorable son, two dogs, three cats and several chickens. With a passion for education, Josie works full time as an Administrative Specialist for the Division of University Relations at UNG in Dahlonega. In her spare time, Josie enjoys yoga, the outdoors, creating and spending time with her family. For more information, visit https://www.josievtoney.com.

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Love in Puerto Rico

Josie Toney

Tree of Love

Josie Toney

Zen in the Forest

Josie Toney