Tonya Kehoe earned her Master's Degree in art from the University of Iowa in 1997. Her passion for painting comes first in her life, along with her family, which constantly inspires her. The imaginative play of children is another one of Tonya's inspiration sources, which led her to paint dolls and toys to enhance their already existing character. She likes to think of the worn surfaces of toys as the "patina of play." Tonya's figurative, naturalistic style favors precise shadows on neutral backgrounds.