​​​    Tonia Gebhart   
​The Barefoot Artist

Bio and Awards
  1. A Beautiful Morning
    A Beautiful Morning
    People Choice award at the 2017 North Ridge Country Club Art Gala
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  2. 1st Place!
    1st Place!
    Tonia won 1st place and received the highest bid auctioned off at the 2016 En Plein Air Paint Off in Fuquay-Varina, NC. This is a painting of the areas first fire truck.
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  3. Honorable Mention Award
    Honorable Mention Award
    2015 En Plein Air Paint Off in Fuguay Varina, NC. This painting was the second highest bid at auction.
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  4. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
    Honorable Mention in the 2017 Fine Arts League of Cary's annual competition.
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​ Tonia Gebhart was born in Rutherfordton, NC and grew up in Lilliington., NC.  She attended Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines, NC studying Fine Arts. She was born an artist and grew up on a farm in a small town and it's a passion deep inside that you just can't be taught.

​Tonia started her art career painting murals. On one of the very first murals she painted, a local newspaper wrote an article and titled it "Artist Paints Barefoot". This is where "The Barefoot Artist" comes from. Since then Tonia has painted over 1500 murals that can be found from Richmond, VA to Miami FL. Mostly were for Trader Joe's. Another client has been McDonald's and locally The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner, NC.

​Tonia has always had a love for photography starting back to college where she used to have a dark room.  Photograpy is a medium she'll turn to when she is in a creative rut with the oil paintings.

​Tonia's true love is oil painting.  Her style tends to be a photo realistic style but at times she'll pick up the palette knife and loosen things up a bit.  Her love for storm clouds, old buildings, abandoned homes and dilapidated barns that are left behind can be seen in many of her paintings. 

​Awards and Honors:

2014 - 3rd Place in Fuquay-Varina's En Plein Air Paint Off
​2015 - 3rd Place in the Fine Art's League of Cary's Annual show.
​2015 - Honorable Mention in Fuquay-Varina's En Plein Air Paint Off
​2015 - Acceptance into the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala
​2016 - Acceptance into the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala
2016 - 1st Place in Fuquay-Varina's En Plein Air Paint Off.
​2017 - Acceptance into the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala
2017 - People's Choice Award at the North Ridge Country Club Art Gala
2017- Honorable Mention in the Fine Arts League of Cary's Annual show.