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Raised in a town just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Sonia later settled in back into the region and became a successful art director and designer in her 20’s. However, she never stopped painting and applying what she’d learned in college and in study with master artists she sought out along the way. She will always be grateful to those who gave her their pearls of wisdom. Some of her teachers have passed on, but their words still live in her when she is painting.
Sonia was inspired artistically by the country and ocean in Maine as a young student at Colby College, as well as her time spent as a young teen going to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she saw John Singer Sargent’s paintings, including “Daughters of Boit” and “Mrs. Fiske Warren and her Daughter,” as well as the behind-the-scenes of the museum on her way to art class. She also drew inspiration from seeing blockbuster shows there including Monet, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer; and in addition, an exhibition of Dutch artists including Chardin at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. From that time, she studied painting styles including Impressionism and Realism and travelled nationwide to study and paint with the highest-tier master artists, including at the Art Students League of New York. She is a third-generation student of John Singer Sargent.
Sonia has been rewarded with steady portrait commissions and acclaim for her work, including her landscape and floral paintings. She has been influenced by John Singer Sargent, who painted varied genre, but particularly for his portraits and his seascapes; Chardin and Constable’s works, which she saw at the Louvre; and Claude Monet who’s home, studio and gardens she visited in Giverny; as well as Russian landscape painters including Levitan. She creates both plein-air and studio paintings from quickly done field sketches. Sonia has received awards such as “Best of Show” and “Finalist;” and has been featured in such publications as Fine Art Connoisseur, the Boston Globe, Wellesley-Weston and the Best of Worldwide Portrait and Figurative Artists, as well has been interviewed on WCAC-TV. Her work has been hung in exhibitions nationally and hangs internationally in private and public collections. Her work has been represented at galleries in her region. Her paintings are currently available in her online gallery and by commission.