Title: artist, writer, wool spinner
Location: Snyder, TX, United States
Tonya Shook, artist, writer, and wool spinner, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in fine and visual arts.
Ms. Shook is an artist and writer celebrating more than six decades of creative excellence in painting, publishing, and other crafts. Largely self-taught, Ms. Shook began painting as a child, winning first prize at her local county fair at the age of eleven. She was offered a job drawing political cartoons for an area newspaper as a teen but soon grew bored, choosing to dedicate herself to painting and writing. For much of her career, Ms. Shook worked as a publishing coordinator, working with more than 60 different authors, many of whom had initially struggled to find publishing interest. In addition to her work in publishing, Ms. Shook has published more than a dozen original works, including historical fiction, a memoir, and “Anyone Can Be a Wool Spinner: An Easy Guide for Beginners,” an instructional guide.
Throughout her artistic career, Ms. Shook has amassed a body of work of hundreds of paintings reflecting the American Southwest and her own life and history in addition to commissioned works. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows, most recently a 2019 show at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, and she was the subject of a solo retrospective show at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center later in the year. Currently, Ms. Shook is working on a series of paintings with her husband, Del, about historic Native American culture, and the couple is planning an upcoming move to Crawfordville, Florida. When she is not writing or painting, Ms. Shook enjoys spinning wool and other fiber arts, beading, and jewelry making.
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