About Tonnja Kopp


Artist's Statement

I paint  as it liberates my soul. Trying to capture the sheer wonder and beauty of nature that surrounds me, fulfills my heart. I revel in the opportunity to express myself with colors and paint brush strokes. When I paint, I feel the ultimate sense of freedom –  losing track of time, letting my obligations and responsibilities subside. It's like diving into a parallel world and every time I return to the surface from my submersion, I feel invigorated, like I have done something special and important that widens my perspective.


Tonnja is an artist based in Langford, BC who strives to provide beauty through art for all her patrons. She grew up in Switzerland where her experiences were distilled into a passion for art which has flourished in her new home in Canada. 

She is also trained as an elementary school teacher. After teaching 6 years in Switzerland she decided to move to Canada and turn her passion into a career, which started in Squamish and continues on Vancouver Island. She finds her inspiration in the spectacular landscape and amazing wildlife of British Columbia.

Bears have been her favorite animal since childhood and appear often in her work as the embodiment of the raw strength and contrasting tranquility of nature. What she likes most about painting is the possibility to combine her imagination with the accuracy of realism, while highlighting the beauty of nature in a novel perspective. 
Her main medium is acrylic which she uses on various materials like canvas, wood and mdf panels. She hopes to expand knowledge and creative expertise across all endeavors.