Bursting out of her Kapiti Studio, Sonia’s lush textural oils transcend her subject matter to bring the viewer to states of joy and elation. Hanging on the walls of national and international collections, council chambers and the houses of parliament her award winning work is highly sought after.
Sonia’s art has changed and evolved with her life, now a mother of 2, her recent work reflects connections to motherhood and nature. Sonia’s visual vocabulary is often layered with female icons, cultural and geographical symbolism and elements of narrative & myth. Sometimes playful with an almost cartoon / pop art feel, sometimes more mystical with overlapping and juxtaposing meanings. Always with a keen eye for composition and a flare for color use.
When asked where she gets her ideas from Sonia says that she paints intuitively, letting ideas flow from her subconscious to the canvas rather than predetermined or drawn out in detail. Painting in this way she not only reflects her life but connects with many New Zealand woman and mothers, delving into our collective sub consciousness.
A descendant of world-renowned artist Cedric Savage and grand-daughter of Kapiti Coast based artist BrianTrask. After A Flamboyant but brief career in hairdressing, Sonia found her true calling in art. An Honours Diploma from a haunted art school later, she dived in to her mission to infuse joy and happiness into people's lives through her creations.
Awards and Private Collections:
- 1998 - Delux Cafe - Solo exhiibition
- 2006 - Awarded for Merit, Rotary Art show, Best Flora
- 2007 - Awarded for 1st, best representative of the Kapiti Coast, Rotary Art show
- 2007 - Accademy of fine arts - group exhibition
- 2002 - 2013 KAPITI ARTS TRAIL - Solo Exhibition - Open studio
- 2009 - Guest artist - Rotary Art show - Solo Exhibition
- 2009 - Exhibited in the Affordable Art show as a solo exhibition WALL space
- 2010 - Rosetta cafe - Solo Exhibition
- 2010 - Coast to Coast - Solo Echibition
- 2011 - Solo exhibition for renowned pianist Micheal Houstoun
- 2011 - Vella on the Coast - solo exhibition
- 2012 - Solo Exhibition Paekakariki & Arts Trail
- 2013 - Solo Exhibition Paekakariki & Arts Trail
- 2014 - Arts Trail - Various group exhibitions
- 2015 - Arts Trail - Various group exhibitions
- 2016 - Arts Trail - Various group exhibitions
- 2017 - First place - best representative Kapiti region - Kapiti Rotary Art Show- Kapiti Arts Trail
- 2018 - Solo Exhibition Gallery - 'The Art Lounge Gallery' , Tauranga
Galleries Sonia's works are represented :
- Artel Gallery - Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
- Art of this world Gallery - Devonport - Auckland
- Van Helden Gallery - East bourne
- Patika Gallery - Porirua
- The Art Lounge - Tauranga
- Framework gallery, Paraparaumu Beach
* Sonia's works are featured as commission works for Darren Hughes (previous MP of Lavour Party, - in Parliment), big commissioned piece for Kapiti Coast Council
and many more.