Boston Radio show Friday June 5, 2009
Toni Quest (TQ) is with us today on HYTR. I learned a lot from Toni about dealing with anger, depression and more by expressing your feelings through art. I love to draw myself but have not been using this talent to express my own feelings and hurt that I have been through in my own life and I hope to start doing this again, while I am not as talented as Toni is I do know that when in the past I used my drawings to express myself it was a great healing outlet.
I highly recommend you go and view Toni’s art work at her website http://www.screamingwoman.com it will take your breath away!
Artist, Teacher and Poet
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.
She became an artist in 1994 after surviving a head on auto collision. Her multiple injuries left her head spinning, her boyfriend bolting, and her heart and soul screaming. While recovering at home in much physical and emotional pain, she began painting faces giving birth to her Screaming Woman ™ series.
Since then, Toni Quest has licensed her award-winning painting for the book cover, View From the Middle of The Road Volume II, U.S. in Us . A selection of her poetry is also included in this anthology.
In March of 2007, Quest was interviewed on Internet Voices Radio by Dr. Niama Williams. She spoke about her artwork and her recently published poetry.
During May of 2006, Toni Quest’s portraits of James Brown were included in the Visual Soul Exhibition commemorating Brown’s 50 th year in show business. Quest’s work was displayed at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum in Augusta , GA before the legendary soul singer’s passing.
In June and July of 2006, Quest was named one of Westchester County ’s leading new artists in the Westchester Business Journal. She was selected by the Westchester Arts Council to exhibit in their Young Emerging Artists exhibition ( YEA ) in White Plains , NY .
Although most of her work has been portraiture, TQ also brings her same spirit to other subjects and incorporates it into her teaching by sharing with her students the techniques she used to teach herself. By exercising her artistic abilities, she was able to heal herself from post-trauma stress disorder, deal with physical and emotional pain, and combat Multiple Sclerosis.
Through her art, TQ bears her soul as well as her affinity to the collective consciousness of human kind. Her intent is to provoke emotion and thought, thus inspiring constructive communication about one’s relationships to others and the world around us.
Toni Quest holds a BFA in Communication Arts. She currently resides in Peekskill , New York with her dog, Lillian.