After concentrating on writing books for more than a decade, Sonia is back to painting – and loving it.
She took up painting seriously over 20 years ago in Bloor West Village, Toronto, where she used to live – and sold hundreds of her small watercolours to private buyers.
Four of her large acrylics are now in the City of Toronto’s permanent collection. Several corporations such as the Royal Bank and Versa Services have also bought her work. She’s taken part in One of a Kind, the Toronto City Hall annual art show, the Beaches Arts & Crafts show, and Elora’s Art in the Yard.
In the past, she concentrated mostly on city scenes and floral landscapes, but her latest fascination is with chip wagons and food trucks.
“They’re colourful, independent and they like to do their own thing,” she says. “Like me.”
In winter 2015, Sonia started a series of large acrylic paintings with a focus on French fries. They are three dimensional works – that is, she uses drywall compound, bits of old carpet underlay, cardboard and other materials to build up the images on masonite board.
She is having a one-woman exhibition of this new work at Cambridge Centre for the Arts in 2016. Tentative title: Fry Day
Here are some samples of her work. Click on the image to make it bigger.