Toni Potter’s background in comedy acting has had a great influence on her work. Humour is a constant in the paintings, whether it's a remembered and deeply embellished tableau seen through her childhood eyes - where grown up family members get up to the strangest of things - or a purely imagined situation, perhaps a quirky re-working of an old master.
Toni was born in Shrewsbury. She initially followed a career in acting. 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. She paints in oil with very fine brushes, a practice which restricts her output to just three or four paintings a year.