Toni Potter

Toni Potter Shrewsbury born Toni Potter has drawn ever since she can remember, and although art was one of her stronger subjects at school, she chose to follow a career in acting, and after her graduation from the drama course at Middlesex Poly, she worked for several years as an actor, during which time she toured her self-penned one-woman comedy show around England.

It wasn't until she moved to St Ives in 1988 that Toni's distinctive painting style began to develop and mature. And it's not difficult to see that her comedy drama background has a great influence on her work. Humour is a constant in the paintings, whether it's a remembered (and embellished) tableau seen through her childhood eyes - where grownup family members get up to the strangest of things - or a purely imagined situation - perhaps a quirky re-working of an old master - the characters and the mise en scare always closely observed with the gentle, affectionate humour that nostalgia can often produce.

The process is a lengthy and painstaking one. Toni will decide on an idea for a painting, make rough sketches for composition, then research and make sketches of the details that will be included - clothes, handbags, pets, crazyfoam, underwear, crockery and so forth - anachronisms are not tolerated. When the necessary elements are in her head, a larger sketch will follow which will form the basis for the final drawing. This will be done on paper, then copied through tracing paper and transferred from trace to canvas. Finally the painting can begin! (Toni often works up the final drawings in pencil at a later date to create stand-alone works on paper). She paints in oil, with very fine brushes, a practice which restricts her output to three or four paintings a year.


A Winter's Tale


20 x 20 cms

Oil on wood

Ref. 15910


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Andrew & Jimmy


48 x 60 cms

Oil on linen

Ref. 14910


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Celery


26 x 31 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 4242


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Choochie's in Love


19 x 19 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 4241


£375.00



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Cuckoos, a Lark and a Dove


Ref. 2563


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Declining Nude with Cup Cakes


19 x 36 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 6752


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Declining Nude with Oyster Catchers


20 x 40 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 19350


£800.00



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Gavin & Lesley


Oil on linen

Ref. 1862


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Mc Clure's 2011


55.5 x 40 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 9905


£1,800.00



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Mr and Mrs Danson


50 x 50 cms

Oil on wood

Ref. 18302


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My Cherie Amour I 2011


14.5 x 15 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 9906


£300.00



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My Cherie Amour II 2011


14 x 20.5 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 9907


£300.00



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My Cherie Amour III 2011


14 x 15.5 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 9908


£300.00



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My Cherie Amour IV 2011


14.5 x 20.5 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 9909


£300.00



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The Bird in Hand


46 x 50 cms

Ref. 3183


£750.00



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The Forest Glen


40 x 55 cms

Oil on linen

Ref. 4935


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The Hedge


38 x 55 cms

Oil

Ref. 22537


£1,800.00



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The Swan


30 x 25 cms

Oil on linen

Ref. 11629


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Tourists


44 x 40 cms

Oil

Ref. 4240


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Walking the Dog


25 x 40 cms

Pencil on paper

Ref. 4243


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Wild Edric


51 x 76 cms

Oil on canvas

Ref. 23163


£2,000.00



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