She is a self taught Visual Artist and has participated in many shows since making her work public in 2009. She is currently in the process of opening up her own studio "Sister So Rainbow's Fine Art Studio" and has newly started a non-profit organization called The Boreal Artist Institute.
Sonia's work reflects her travels and passions.”I paint a lot of suns,eagles,moons and my favourite lately is the beautiful Northern Lights. I spent a lot of time watching them at a little cabin on the Clearwater where they are just brilliant in colour.” The connection to her passions of environmental preservation and her love of water can be seen in her brightly coloured creations.
"My absolute favourite thing to do is play with paint in groups. I have gotten to paint some of what I consider my best pieces when you get a group and just play around with things like totems and then tie it all together and the addition of everyone's contributions create a piece that really shows how connected we truly are."
To place art and culture in its proper place as one of the three foundations (culture, science, spirit) for social and economic progress in the region. Art can enhance the quality of life in a community by the amazing connections the public make with the Artists and each other while attending art events. We need more opportunity for Artists to connect to the public it has to be more then just exhibitions and shows. It's about getting the chance to explore,learn and play through Art.
As an Art Educator:
Sonia was an Art Educator with the Royal Conservatory through a program called Learning through the Arts and shared her talents throughout the schools in the Fort McMurray Area .Teaching in partnership with teachers students would learn their core subjects through an art lesson. It was great to walk in and give them their social studies lessons through painting, 2d and 3d art projects. It really gave the creative kids a chance to shine.
Sonia also participated in the Youth Empowerment Afterschool program in Fort McKay and did summer camps at Mac Island using Aboriginal Teachings. She has a reverse story to tell regarding how she got taught their way of life. She was 12 and ran away from home and got taken in by an Elder and from there got connected to the Aboriginal Culture. Over the years she has stayed connected to all those teachings and loves to share them whenever she can.
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