Tonia Gunstone was born in 1972. She grew up on the Longford Estate, four miles south of Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was given free rein to explore the local landscape. Much of her childhood was spent climbing trees.
A lifelong love of language, art and travel then followed, encouraged first by her parents, then subsequently through various journeys to North America, Europe and Africa where she painted pots, laid paths and learnt Chichewa.
With an Honours degree in Art History and French, Tonia has spent most of her working life as a teacher specialising in Modern Foreign Languages. Alongside this, however, she has maintained her interest in such artistic practices as life drawing, painting and printmaking. In 2016 she took the decision to practise her art full-time.
Tonia draws inspiration from her local surroundings, from garden to allotment to walks on the hills or in the woods, or from travels further afield, seeking to delve deeper into our understanding of place. Her work evolves organically, using line, texture and colour in an experimental and instinctive way, reflecting her response to the world around her.