Ginger (Christensen) Toomer, a third generation Californian, was raised in the small rural community of Upper Ojai. She attributes her love of art in part to heredity and in part to environment. Both grandmothers were artistic, and she was fortunate to grow up near them in a home adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. This setting provided the chance to observe and draw many animals, birds and nature scenes - often the basis for her paintings today.
Ginger graduated from high school in Ojai, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree at U.C. Santa Barbara, majoring in fine art and minoring in biology. Further studies included work with artists Roger Robinson, Mark Greenaway, Alice Nathan and Urania Christy Tarbet, cofounder and president of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Ginger belongs to the Paso Robles Art Association, the San Luis Obispo Art Center and holds a charter membership in the Sierra Pastel Society. Her work has won local awards, and a purchase award for a public collection in Ventura County. she has been the featured artist for the Paso Robles Art Association, the Paso Robles City Library, the Paso Robles City Offices and the Village Art In Arroyo Grande. Her work can be seen locally the the Carnegie Western Art Gallery. Ginger lives with her husband and daughter near Paso Robles.