Why the name Two Gates?
Toni was born in Senglea, Malta, a small Mediterranean Island and there are two gates to enter the city of Senglea. One of the streets in fact, is named Two Gates Street. Where Toni now lives there is a North entrance and a South entrance; that's another two 'gates' and the name of her complex is Wyndham Gate. That makes five gates so far, plus her home has a courtyard gate making six in total. Just as an aside; at the age of 11, Toni lost a thumb nail when it became caught in an iron gate. It seems gates are all around her.
Toni is an award winning artist and views her art as a gift. She feels very fortunate to have had an opportunity to hone her skills in watercolour and acrylic under the influence of local artists in her community and feels especially privileged to have spent studio time with artist Caroline Said-Lawrence and private art sessions with John Dimech, both internationally recognized artists, during her extended stays in Malta. Recently, Toni has been sharing her knowledge of watercolours with adult students in her small studio and in the galleries she is associated.
Before developing her "art voice" Toni enjoyed a successful ministry as a solo gospel artist where she shares her faith through music. 'Celebrate Music' (Celebrating God's grace thru song, Psalm 57:9). Toni has been a recording artist, songwriter, vocal coach and speaker at women's meetings and retreats both locally and abroad. She has also written and performed monologues based on Women in the Bible and has done some company theatre work. All in her petite frame of 4'9.
As a Christian, Toni takes her faith seriously (never herself, just note the titles of her work) and would direct you to two other gates. In Matthew 7:13, 14 we read: "Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction and many are those who enter by it. v. 14 For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it". Toni hopes you find and enter by the narrow gate. Also another reason she named her studio, Two Gates Art Studio.