Lonnie and his wife Twyla are retired cattle farmers in Kentucky and work out of a milking barn they converted to a studio. The Moneys are known for their finely carved and whimsical depictions of both domestic and wild creatures, creating wondrous pieces ranging from smaller ornament-sized pieces to life-sized carvings full of character and playfulness.
During Lonnie’s earlier artistic pursuits, he would carve many small animals, paint them, and show his family and friends. His audience reacted with delight and confusion, as his carvings displayed the amazing detailing and scale still present today, yet the colors he chose were very odd and unflattering. This was when Lonnie discovered he was colorblind. During this period in the early 90’s, Twyla began assisting Lonnie, expanding their output and taking over most of the painting responsibilities. They have been co-creating over fifteen years, producing the highly distinguishable and finely crafted carved and painted animals for which they have become well-known.
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