Though it may sound admittedly cliché, art has always been Tonya’s passion. From a young age, she demonstrated a desire to express herself through art -a desire that was encouraged and supported by her parents.
While at Bishop Anstey High School, Tonya excelled in art, obtaining an A in Visual Art in her Cambridge A-Level Examinations. In 2001, she was selected by her school to participate in a United Nations peace project that involved the painting of a mural in Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain. In 2004, she competed in the biennial Women in Art Competition/Exhibition and received the award for the best seascape/landscape.
Tonya was awarded a National Scholarship by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 2004 for her academic performance in her A-Level examinations. She pursued and obtained a degree in law from the University of the West Indies, thereafter attended the Hugh Wooding Law School and was called to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. She went on to obtain her Masters of Law in Corporate and Commercial Law from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science.
Despite her pursuit of a career in law, Tonya’s passion for art continued to burn beneath the surface and while pursuing her Legal Education Certificate, Tonya would paint in her free time, accumulating a number of works which were then showcased in a successful joint exhibition with her sister, Sonel, at Horizons Art Gallery in 2008.
Tonya continues to produce pieces of artwork in a variety of media although acrylics dominate most of her canvasses. Her works are demonstrative of her love for Caribbean culture, seascapes and landscapes.