Hello friends, I'm Toni Crane and I'm a mixed media artist!
My name is Toni Crane. I am a mixed media artist and I guess you could say I’m a “creative possibilitarian.” I have been a creative for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of creating dolls clothes using my Mums fabric scraps and of also creating dolls houses out of boxes and decorating them with various wallpaper swatches my Dad brought home from somewhere.
These along with many other creative adventures have shaped me into who I am today.
Nowadays I love to dive into anything that makes my heart soar. I love going to Op Shops and garage sales and hunting for those inspiring items that many others overlook. I love this way of creating. It gives my heart a chance to heal, my mind an opportunity to unconsciously process what my heart is feeling and to create something beautiful from this magical process.
I believe in growth so at the beginning of each year I love to challenge myself to learn three new things. This allows me to stretch my courage and explore myself and prevents me from becoming stagnant. It is through challenging me in this fashion that I have grown as an artist, a Mum and as a person.
I love to watch others become moved and inspired by my artwork. I believe it’s an amazingly beautiful experience to deeply connect with someone without having to say a thing. I love the process of layers and textures and seeing a piece of art evolve with the touch of painted fingers or the impression of a stencil. Each piece is a heartfelt whimsical journey that invokes a lot of emotion with a message of inspiration, hope and courage. It is an avenue by which broken hearts can heal, courage can be planted and souls can be touched.
My process has evolved over time and I often marvel at my earlier pieces and how far my heart has grown and how courage has brought me to this beautiful calm place. My soul has found its home….and I am most happy. Through this, Whimsy and Me was born and my journey has set its course.
How Whimsy and Me was born. . . .
Whimsy and Me was born in 2012 when I was at a time in my life of self discovery and rebirth.
In my process of hitting rock bottom emotionally and spiritually, I discovered the therapeutic power of painting. It was a place of whimsical imaginings, where nothing was ever wrong and happy accidents were welcomed.
Seeing the personal growth I had experienced and the responses those closest to me had to my work, I knew I had to do something special with my talents.
So after a bucket load of courage, some planning and a lot of conversations with my gorgeous hubby Stephen, my kids, parents and one very special lady, Heather, I decided to launch my own brand.
I have been asked many times where I came up with my brand name.....let me share this with you.
I was on a creative road trip discussing with the girls what my plans were upon my return home. I was asked what I would call my business. After a small amount of deliberating I simply said "Whimsy and Me!"
You see, my thinking is that Whimsy lives in all of us. She is not judging or afraid, but rather gently brave. She hears our hearts and lays it out onto the canvas. We work together. Kind of like a musical for the creative heart. Where we resist, she insists. All the while she holds us in the painterly palm of her gentle hand and guides us to the mantra's that need to be heard.
I am so very blessed to be a facilitator of this process. It makes my heart sing to watch people see and read my work and let it wash over them like a big warm hug. The immensity of joy I feel watching people in my workshops grow and step into their own truth leaves me in ore of what Whimsy has waiting for us around the corner.
My prayer is to find peace, long lasting, internal growth and release as I make my way through this beautiful messy thing we call life. I hope you will find the same.
Warmth and light to you all.