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Sonja Jones

The Pup Artist
Gates Mills, OH

Although she still considers herself to be an emerging artist, Sonja Jones has been involved in painting all her life, in one form or another. She developed her sense of color and line work through decades working as a professional commercial and house painter, following in the steps of her parents. Her skill and passion for faux painting techniques, signage, and murals was evident early on, and eventually led to her applying her talents to a "smaller" canvas after leaving the paint contracting business. She has earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Oakland University. And, although she has no formal arts education, she credits workshops with watercolorists Valerie Tollover and David Rankin for helping her to develop skills in that medium. As an emerging artist, she is in a stage where she is now exploring and honing her skills with varied media; but a constant thread in her work has been the natural world and our connection to it. She feels that nature heals us, bringing us back to what is God made. Having lived throughout the Midwest in Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio, and now sharing her time between Ohio and Arizona, the artist frequently focuses on the flora and fauna of those places.

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