PERRYSBURG – Chloe Toon wants to share her love of art with others.
Toon graduated May 22 from Perrysburg High School.
She plans to attend Bowling Green State University to study arts education.
“I really like seeing how it affects other people too,” Toon said. “Everyone has their own creative process, so it’s interesting to see how even small children manage to create their own little work of art.
She said she loved art since she was little.
“It calms me down, it’s fun,” Toon said. “I love art.”
His goal is to become an art teacher.
“I want other people to feel how great art can be for them. It’s really inspiring,” she said.
“I know it’s not for everyone, but for the people it’s for, I want them to have a guide and I think I can really help people with that.”
She was a teaching assistant in the ceramics class at PHS and was a vice-president of the art club and a member of the book club.
Toon works at Create Art Studio and Workshop in downtown Perrysburg. She teaches crafts and drawing, including doodling and advanced classes for all age groups.
She posts her works on her Instagram account (@pinto_painter).
Toon has worked with watercolors and acrylics, but is very fond of charcoal and colored pencil.
She also does needle felting, which is the process of turning wool into 3D objects.
At the start of a drawing, Toon begins with a pencil sketch in her sketchbook, which she takes with her everywhere. Much of her work begins with an image that she uses as a reference.
“Using a reference some people think is cheating, but it’s not,” she said. “It helps you figure out where the lines or anatomy are.”
She said she loves the work of Vincent Van Gogh, especially the colors he uses and his subjects.
“Art helped him a lot,” Toon said of Van Gogh’s art. “That’s one of the reasons I really like him is because he had a lot of problems, but he found a way to calm down.”
She said she sold needle felt animal artwork and sculptures.
Toon has also done commissioned work including a character from Dungeon and Dragons, a bird for his neighbor, and a 48-inch by 24-inch acrylic on canvas from Pike’s Peak.
She said she chose BGSU to pursue her education because of its high success rate for graduates finding employment after graduation.