Toni Quest, MAED/AET, BFA As a self-taught artist, Toni Quest engages in art to express her feelings genuinely and with impact. The canvas has been a vehicle for her to discover feelings that linger deep within. Toni Quest was named one of Westchester County’s ‘Leading New Artists’ in 2006. Her art was featured in the Westchester Arts Council’s Young Emerging Artists exhibition. Toni Quest is one of the artists selected to participate in the ‘James Brown, Visual Soul’ exhibition in Augusta, GA. Her vibrant portraits of the legendary James Brown were exhibited in the May 2006 exhibition and celebration. Her award winning piece, ‘U.S. in Us’ is featured on the cover of the anthology, View from the Middle of the Road, Volume II, U.S. in Us ‘ (PRA Publishing). A selection of her poetry is featured in the anthology as well.
Although most of her work has been portraiture, Toni Quest is also a jewelry designer. She recently launched the Energy Stoners TM Jewelry Design Salon. Attendees gather, in the spirit of comradery, and enjoy food and wine tasting, while engaging in jewelry design instruction which features genuine quartz and other quality energy stones. On occasion Toni will bring her easel and paint at public and private events. She believes interacting with people generates energy and synergy. She taps into this force and blends it into her work. Through her paintings, TQ bears her soul as well as her affinity to the collective consciousness of humankind. Her intent is to provoke emotion and thought, thus inspiring constructive communication about ones relationships to others and the world around us. Ms. Quest teaches an art course called ‘Self-Actualizing Portraiture ©, which is founded on how she taught herself self-portraiture after a debilitating accident in 1994. She later formally wrote the instruction design for this course while in graduate school in 2008. Instructional design focuses on the needs of combat veterans who suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.
Toni Quest has taught psychology, sociology, geriatrics, writing and American history. She genuinely enjoys facilitating the active exchange of ideas between learner within the classroom setting. Toni Quest can be seen interviewing interesting people on her talk show, Talk with TQ, on Youtube.
Toni Quest currently resides in Westchester County, NY, and is a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, specializing in artists.