Leone Tonkinson (1963-)

From an early age I have always felt a strong internal direction.


As a young artist Leone boasted a competitive portfolio of portraits, still life and wild life studies.

Leone graduated from the high school of the Pretoria School of Art, Music and Ballet, with a university exemption for Graphic and Commercial art.

However, she went on to study Industrial Architecture - in the design of Shopping Malls, Schools and Sport Centers. It was not until Leone was worked in Parliament, that she saw her first opportunity to secure a commissions in portraiture.

Leaving a 13 year career in Architecture behind her, Leone went on to study a Bachelor in Fine Art, Entrepreneurship and Business development.

She later lectured Bridging Bachelor Fine Art at CAUSE Academy. On the completion of her contract Leone went on to gain experience as an Entrepreneur, purchasing and developing small business.

Seeking a more creative experience, Leone became Product Designer for Argilla - A South African manufacturer of ceramic tableware.

In 2000, Leone her family relocated to the Eastern coast - Port Elizabeth where she saw an opportunity to establish a painting school, which later grew into The Port Elizabeth School of Fine Art.

In 2004, Leone sorted accreditation from Nelson Mandela University for her curriculum and in turn attended a sabbatical study abroad.


2006 - Although Leone was originally sponsored to study in France, she discovered her roots in the Netherlands. so loved the Dutch people and their culture that she decided to make the Netherlands her home.

To date Leone is an active artist and teacher who presently lives and works from her studio in the quaint little town of Radio Kootwijk, situated in a Nature Reserve, in the Netherlands.

Despite her travels and busy schedule Leone still finds the time to host an exhibit with her student artists each year.

Your personal style and signature makes you more unique than you.

Following in the footsteps of the Old Masters - Kutna Hora

A quick drawing to get my perspective sorted - Kutna Hora ART

Plein-air painting. Setting up a temporary drawing.

I love travelling because I become alive, calm, curious, confident, adventurous and compassionate all at the same time.


My inspiration comes from the child-like exploration of the world around me. Weather its a pencil or a brush in my hand I just take it all in like a deep breath.

My passion is creating depth and perspective out of a 2-dimensional surface. Mastering textures and taking my medium and tools to their limits.

My Muse is the dance between sunlight and color.

Plein-air *Gear for sketching up painting ideas on the castle grounds.

Plein-air * Spending the day outdoors is one of my favorite things to do.

Plein-air * Surrounded by the beautiful gardens of Lichtenburg Castle and the sounds of a babbling brook.


"Close observation and engagement of the subject is my process. The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of noise and to capture its uniqueness. All my subjects are quite beautiful. My goal is to capture its essence and explore the relationships its has with light and color. I want to discover beauty under all that noise, in the most finest details.

From an early age I noticed how art can stir up something deep within me, and this gave me an in-depth craving for inquisition, creation and a keen examination of -me in my world. As a young adult I embraced the applications of PHI in my art as it began to shape and influenced my art making.

Although my architectural background has also brought order and discipline to my art journey, it is always the dance between light on color that I remember most."

┼Żleby received its name from the Doubrava River, which created a deep gorge here.

The first written mention of ┼Żleby Chateau dates back to 1289, when originally the Gothic castle of the Lords of Lichtenburg stood here, which was rebuilt in Late Gothic style after it had been destroyed by the Hussites in the 15th century.

The chateau underwent Renaissance and Baroque renovations and received its present romantic form in the style of Elizabethan Renaissance and French Gothic thanks to Prince V. K. Auersperg in 1849-1868.