Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia and spending miles away, working in West Germany, Tawian and Saudi Arabia, Tosh Fomby re-settled in her hometown and reconnected with her passion to create.
Studying graphic design at The Art Institute of Atlanta, she dabbled in painting, with hesistance, as her primary concentration was composing with dry media, such as graphite and pastel. After a series of such drawings for a client, he then requested an oil painting. Soon after, she began honing her personal style, initially with Cubist overtones.
Her subjects have often depicted narratives of southern life, capturing remembrances from childhood, conversations from familial stories and intimate portraits of black life on the fringes in America. The figures in her work are both real and imagined. Fomby employs a layered process to develop sculptural paintings with various materials. Whether using wood, paper cut-outs or fabrics, early on, she was inspired by pointillism, textures and integrating found or handmade objects in her work.
Fomby’s work has been represented by Thelma Harris Art Gallery in Oakland, CA and Diana Shannon Young Fine Art. She has also exhibited in the southeastern region and Chicago, Illinois.