Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sonja
Olson grew up surrounded by the wide-open spaces and big skies of
the Canadian prairies.
Artistic expression has always been
key to Sonja's experience of the world.
She discovered the potter's wheel
early on, and after graduation from high school began to study pottery
seriously. At the University of Manitoba Sonja majored in ceramics
and photography, and went on to work as a professional photographer
and potter. She has studied glaze development at Pearson College
with renowned potter Robin Hopper, and painting with Victoria artist
After achieving a Bachelor of Art
Education in 1983, Sonja became an Art Teacher and has taught art
in both Winnipeg, Manitoba and Victoria, BC. She enjoys working
with students, both children and adults, to develop their unique
skills in a wide range of mediums.
A passion for travel has lead Sonja
to explore Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Mexico and Europe.
She and her husband, Robert, have participated in house exchanges
throughout Europe and North America, allowing them to immerse themselves
in the local culture. While on these trips, their focus is art and
architecture, and they spend a great deal of time visiting galleries,
museums, and photographing regional architecture.
Sonja always welcomes artistic
challenges and plans to explore new styles and media, including
abstract, collage, and mixed media. So far, her
journeys into artistic creation, in acrylic on canvas, have progressed
from exquisite earth-toned adventures in architectural landscapes,
through to brighter, bolder paintings and series work.