Laguna Niguel resident and fine artist, Toni Danchik, always has her eyes open for special moments when they occur. It could be a certain lighting on a child at play, the interaction between seagulls on the beach or simply a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Part of what attracts her is the “story” behind every image. Toni says she looks for good design, the interaction of shapes, colors and the effects of light on a subject.
Born and raised in South Africa, Toni has a unique insight into the plight of women and children living in rural villages with a lack of clean water and basic facilities. Contrasted against the bleakness of poverty, Toni finds their beautiful smiles and warm hearts are an inspiration for all of humankind. She uses her influence to bring awareness to the plight of young children orphaned as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. She and her husband, Paul, support Acres of Love (AcresOfLove.org), an organization that rescues these abandoned children and gives them a home and hope for the future.
But that’s not all. For close to 10 years, Toni has created original artwork for the local nonprofit Wells of Life (WellsOfLife.org). Headquartered in Mission Viejo, Wells of Life brings clean water to rural Uganda by drilling wells and teaching the local community about sustainable hygiene and water supply. This work is all done as a gift to the organization and most recently, Toni supported their Run4Water fundraiser by creating an art piece that raised money to fund a $6,000 water well.
Toni’s work has been displayed at many national and international juried competitions and shows, and she has won numerous awards. To learn more about Toni Danchik and her incredible work, visit ToniDanchik.com.
“Every image has a story behind it. And that story is enhanced by the interaction of shapes, colors and effects of light on its subject.” —Toni Danchik
“Born and raised in South Africa, Toni has a unique insight into the plight of women and children living in rural villages with a lack of clean water and basic facilities.”