This old corner store is in Carthage, Missouri. It is typical of the old time grocery stores located within walking distance in various neighborhoods and small towns. An old gentleman has ventured out to replenish his pantry, perhaps to refill his tin of tobacco. He stops and braces as a gust of March wind delivers last week's news across the dusty deserted road.
In 1969, Monte Toon began his career as a watercolorist. He credits the late Charles Sanderson of Wichita, Kansas, with setting him on his life-long path of watercolor painting. Sanderson inspired new approaches and techniques. Later, the works of Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper would influence Toon's work. More than 43 years experience has defined Toon's style in his exclusive use of watercolor.
In 1991, a turning point occurred in Toon's work. Travels in Canada, New England and the east coast broadened his range of subject matter. By setting goals and directions of purpose, Monte enhanced and elevated his works to new heights resulting in numerous solo shows of merit. He refers to this change as a re-dedication...
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