Sonia Smith

It’s all in my genes! I started to draw aged 3 and learnt by watching my Dad, who is an artist and old fashioned signwriter. I would play with my Dad’s paints and pencils and get into trouble drawing on the wall paper and in books. I am not formally trained other than a GCSE O level in Art. I love all mediums (Charcoal, watercolour, acrylics, oils, digital and mixed media). I also sculpt in clay and have carved in stone and chalk. I love figurative work as well as local landscapes. I enjoy making my pictures tell a story. I love the work of Carravaggio (his use of light and shade) and Stanley Spencer (rhythm in lines and narrative). I also love archaeology and how ancient art was used to tell stories.

I have neglected my talent whilst focusing on my career in Finance for 30 + years, but am rekindling my love of art now that I have retired. My Dad (key influence on my art) has given me all his charcoals and oils and an unfinished landscape to finish (a daughter and father piece). Wareham Art Club is a wonderful collective of local artists, with differing styles and a great inspiration for me. I hope to find the inspiration to finish that Daughter Father painting.

Egret – Painted on Slate
Dartmouth Steps
Red Rum Excercising on Southport Sands
Singing With Poole Rockies – Digital Doodle
My Freddie
Belle of the Ball – Studland Beach
Sonia & Len (Father) Joint Work – I put in younger version of Dad with me as a child as it is our landscape.
By Len (Sonia’s Dad) – Unfinished Work
Swim to Old Harry – A playful oil painting of Old Harry in oils complete with the elusive bass
I  am sharing the proud moment when  I  presented my oil portrait to my Dad on his 85th birthday
Leonard the Signwriter – Sonia’s Dad
2012 Stowell Crescent street party
Perfect Pete
1920’s Flapper Girl

Watercolour Study of my Mother – when she was 19 – now 82
Lucky Kiss
Boating at Wareham Quay