Drawing from a palette of vivid colors, artist, muralist, and illustrator
Toni Truesdale creates sublime celebrations of women and the natural
environment representing the diversity of world cultures.
"History and mythology need to include the unrestricted stories of all
women," according to Truesdale. "I develop imagery that shows the
natural beauty and intelligence in all aspects of the life of sisters,
mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers in a multicultural world by
honoring our commonality through time."
Working from a studio in Biddeford, Maine. Truesdale draws on her
training in the art of European realists in a tireless pursuit of representing
the common culture of women. "It has existed," she says, "timelessly as
the invisible kernel within all mainstream and indigenous cultures."
In more than 500 large works and thousands of art prints, drawings in
both wet and dry media, Truesdale had produced an immense body of
work that uses beauty to evoke the female side of both history and
These themes are evident in her most recent series such as "Everyday Life
or "Daily Bread: the Culture of Women," and "Migrations"In each of these
the works it is apparent to the viewer that the authenticity is based on
extensive research and lengthy reflection.
Truesdale's love and pursuit of art began at a young age. She first
exhibited when only fourteen, and by fifteen was drawing professional
portraits. An apprenticeship in the advertising world of Detroit when she
was twenty further polished her skills. In the years since, Truesdale
exhibited in more than twenty one-woman shows and thirty group shows;
executed more than forty murals in schools, universities, and museums;
and published illustrations in more than a dozen publications including
the cover of aWeMoon datebook. Truesdale has also been a teacher for
over 30 years of diverse students.
In 2012, the state of New Mexico turned to Truesdale for a series of
posters and illustrations for its Healthy Kids New Mexico campaign aimed
at instilling healthy behaviors among the state's children. Her work for the
program included illustration a series of four-color children's books and
also wordless books.
Coninuing to freelance as an illustrator; she continues to break stereotypes
with her multicultural feminist images in her painted images.