About Me

Hi! I’m Tonya

Artist

My process

I work with an eco-friendly resin medium, along with earth elements, geodes, minerals, and semi-precious stones, to create light, healing, movement, and connection. In addition, I have worked with several other mediums over the years. Some of the other art practices I enjoy include drawing, graphite portrait drawing, jewelry design, murals, clay sculpting, pottery, cartooning, and photography.

My original resin paintings start out with a sustainable Birchwood substrate. I apply an underpainting with several layers of pigment ink and Acrylic paint. Next, I pour the first layer of resin. Each layer of resin takes 48 hours to cure. There are several layers of resin on my paintings; each layer infused with love, intention, and silky smooth paint. The earth elements and Semi-precious stones are carefully selected and placed methodically in between certain layers to form a depth of feeling, texture, and growth.

Most of my creations take approximately 50+ hours to complete, from start to finish.

In addition, I build custom frames for each piece.

 

As a self-taught carpenter, I create eco-friendly furniture and home decor. Sustainable Live edge, Beetle kill Pinewood tables and mirrors infused with resin art and semi-precious stones, are some of my favorite woodworking projects to complete. The earthy smell of the wood and the sparkle of the stones always take me to a place of joy and bliss.

The semi-precious stones I use are all Grade A and Grade B stones.

I incorporate Agate, Moss Agate, Amethyst, Flowering Amethyst, Amazonite, Carnelian, Calcite, Citrine, Chrysocolla, Jade, Jasper, Peridot, Pyrite, Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Crystal Quartz, Brazilian Geodes, Lapis Lazuli, Larimar, Rhyolite, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, and many, many more, gorgeous semi-precious stones.

I celebrate the connection with the natural world and her “earthworks.”

My primary focuses are bringing an element of healing energy and into your space. I thrive on seeking to show the importance of our interconnectedness to nature and the universe. I adore bringing nature indoors and raising the vibration of your sacred space.

In addition, I am an avid promoter of eco-friendly entrepreneurism and raising consciousness throughout my designs and practices.

My inspiration

I draw inspiration from nature and the vast universe. Nature provides me stillness and inner peace. I feel that nature is constantly communicating with every one of us. Nature is talking and sending us messages that we need to pay attention to. Nature is always changing, and I embrace change.

Some of my designs come to me vividly, in the form of dreams. I keep a dream book by my bedside. As the visions come in, my ideas and thoughts are written in my special book. My true voice is spoken throughout my creations.

Universal messages come intuitively to me, allowing my creative side to evolve. I also find inspiration in my daily meditation / prayer practice.

Those little things that you alone see aren’t by chance. The sign, the squirrel, the dragonfly, the whisper, the song, the lily. It’s me. I’m always with you. I’ll do anything to reach you — to give you hope, keep you on track, answer your questions. Look even closer.
-The Universe 

Eco-friendly practices

Art is a great contribution to the world. However, sometimes the process of making art can end up hurting, more than it helps.

Also, just because it’s eco-friendly, doesn’t mean the quality has to be compromised. There are so many wonderful eco-friendly products on the market today, that are safe for us. This is why eco-friendly entrepreneurism and quality is so important to me.

Not only do I strive to reduce my carbon footprint, but I also strive to create elegant and high-quality art in an eco-friendly fashion. I care deeply about the health of all beings.

All of my practices are eco-friendly.

For example, I have business cards and tags that are plantable in the garden. My business cards / tags are a lovely gift that will enhance your garden with Organic Lavender. A gift that comes back every year, for all to enjoy.

All of the products I use including glues, resin, stains, wood substrates, paints, metals, earth elements, and semi-precious stones are sustainable, VOC free, non-toxic, safe around pets, kids, safe for the earth, fume-free and chemical-free. A lot of my products are plant-based. In addition, my packaging is either biodegradable and/or made of recycled material. I even have paper ribbon that is plant-based and biodegradable. The list of fabulous eco-friendly products I use is expansive.

Hobbies & interests

When I am not creating, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two dogs, two cats, and my 27-year-old turtle. I also love hiking, camping, competition archery (no hunting), writing, biking, organic gardening, meditating, reading, cooking, QiGong, Yoga, horseback riding, photography, animal rescue, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and the list goes on and on…

In conclusion

I look forward to connecting with you and collaborating a spectacular artistic vision to completion, with you!

Join me on my eco-friendly mission, creations, visions and vibrations to raise consciousness in our spaces, places, and world.

My Family / Employees

My story

Born and raised in Colorado, I have spent my entire life expressing myself in color. Art is my voice, my expression and my healing space. Years ago, I came up with an acronym for the word ART; Always remember truth.

The truth of who we are is so important. We are infinite beautiful beings of light and love.

For many years I lost that message for myself. Diagnosed with a very rare and painful autoimmune disorder, spending 7 years in and out of hospitals and most of those years in bed. Sick, sad and in despair, I spent a lot of that time with the identification of a disabled person who had no worth. Through art, clean eating , essential oils, supplements, spiritual work and a massive shift in perspective, I started the journey into self healing. I began to recognize the true essence of who I was. My life was always filled with art, but at this time in my life I really understood that I had to express myself through my creations. I no longer had to identify as a broken person. Back to the drawing board and ideas were flowing. While finding myself in this beautiful healing space, my mother passed away two days before my 35th birthday. She was a young 54 years old. The journey became difficult once again. A lot more ebb than flow happening. Painful years ahead, for me to endure and process.

Never giving up, I waded through the mud step by step. You see, the Lotus only grows from the mud. No mud, No Lotus. I was the Lotus, this beautiful flower that had to go through the dark mud to bloom.

I focused my energy on my creations once again. This was not an easy task, but a necessary one.

At this time the vision of Lavender And Lotus Co. was born. The vision of this company was to promote healing through layers of light and love. Love yourselves, each other and our earth. Let’s break through our barriers, heal, share our stories and protect Mother Earth, all through Color and light. I began to envision a company that used eco-friendly materials, earth elements and creations that were meant to have layers and be placed in the light.

 

However, Lavender And Lotus Co. Just wasn’t ready to launch quite yet. I had created some pieces of jewelry, some paintings and a few other creations, but it just wasn’t coming together like I had envisioned. I couldn’t really figure out why. Then more pain entered in. I broke both of my legs, three of my animals passed away within three months of each other, some family abandonment, and new biological family was discovered.

How much can one endure? So much pain, confusion and healing to move through. Who am I?

During all of this I received a call from a dear friend asking me to do a commissioned painting for her. I said yes and had a strong feeling this would be the piece that would shift my heart and hers.

We started the discussion of why this piece was so important to her. I was focused and determined to pull in the messages, colors and elements to bring this piece to life. What I didn’t realize was that by creating this piece, I would go through one of the most important healing times of my life. The piece is called “The Birth of Wisdom”. Messages flowed in and my heart softened. The painful emotions began to dissipate. This was truly what I needed and I remembered my truth. The gift came from my friend and I was able to marry my feelings and messages to create a piece that now has the perfect meaning for her.

What a supreme gift!

Lavender And Lotus Co. is now alive and thriving.

And… The rest is history.

Every piece that I create has a specific meaning and vision that is unique to each person who receives it. All of the elements I use, have a voice that sings a message for you and your sacred space.

My pieces are divinely created and transferred from my heart to yours.

Light & Love,
Tonya Whitehouse