About the Artist
Paso Robles artist Ginger Toomer is a 3rd generation Californian who attributes her love of art in part to heredity, and in part to her beautiful surroundings; the inspiration for many of her paintings. She received a BA degree in fine art from UCSB, with a minor in biology.
Pastel, Ginger's favorite medium, allows for a spontaneous direct approach, and lends itself well to a variety of subject matter including pet/wildlife portraits, nature studies, landscapes and portraiture. Her paintings have won awards in local, national and international juried shows earning her "signature" status in the Sierra Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She is also a member of the newly formed California Central Coast Pastel Society.
Ginger's first introduction to the medium was during a workshop taught by central coast artist Mark Greenaway. Since then she's taken workshops from noted pastel artists, Richard McKinley, William Hosner, Margo Schultze, Terri Ford, Liz Hayward-Sullivan, and the late Maggie Price.