Tonja J Fine Arts

For over 30 years Tonja has been drawing, painting and pursuing bold expressionistic images to touch the hearts of people. Each piece conveys a message of hope and love. 



This is a limited edition print on museum quality paper.

Print is 18″X24″ on 22″x28″ paper size

Tonja’s Story

A native Iowan, Tonja’s career began with a BFA in painting from Arizona State University. While being married to her high school sweetheart for over 28 years and raising 7 children, she has shown in galleries and participated in art shows all over the United States. Her work has found homes in places as far away as Australia, Taiwan and Japan.

In 2014, the Ihlenfeldts adopted 2 children (ages 8 & 11) from an orphanage in Nicaragua.  The 4 months Tonja lived in that country greatly impacted her desire to help orphans and missionaries in poor countries.  From the experience came her “Shine” paintings.

In 2015,  Tonja and her husband purchased a 1925 brick church building that now serves as his office and her studio in Mason City, Iowa.


Strong Foundation

Mixed Media; oil/photo on canvas 16″X20″

photo location: rural Iowa


Beyond the Canal

This mixed media piece is oil/photo on canvas.  The photo location is Venice, Italy.  It is from the “Isolated but not”



This is a limited edition print on archival paper.

image size is 16X20″; paper size is 20X24″


Still on Track

This is an original oil painting on canvas.  The subject is Union Pacific’s “Big Boy”. This train made its way accross the United States in celebration of its 100 year anniversary.  The painting is 24″X30″


Clouds in Burano

Oil on Canvas


Inspired by a trip to Burano Italy just before the Pandemic


Melody in Your Heart

This is a limited edition print on poster paper.

The original piece is permantly displayed at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, MN.



Mixed Media

oil/photo on canvas


Photo Location: China
A portion of the proceeds go to missionary who rescues girls from sex trafficking


Stuck in Traffic

mixed media: oil/photo on canvas


photo location: Chicago, IL


Like a Child

Mixed Media; oil/ photo on canvas. 

18X 24″ image, with  wood frame 21″ X 26.5″