Sonia Fynn has worked as an artist and illustrator since leaving college where she studied Fine Art – painting and sculpture. Her formal training began at age thirteen as a junior scholarship entrant to Harrow School of Art, where the emphasis was on daily drawing from life, a discipline that has proved invaluable throughout her career. The late 1950s and 1960s were a heady time, and art school life at Harrow was enriched by post-graduate students from the Royal College of Art coming as visiting teachers. After four years at Farnham School of Art, Sonia worked as an in-house, and later free-lance, illustrator for the Examining Boards. She designed and illustrated papers in European, Asian and African languages for export all over the world. Her work was also commissioned by Longmans and other publishers in the field of Education. Individual tutoring completed a busy life in the Arts.
For the last eighteen years Sonia has been a full-time painter, working from her studio in Chagford, Devon. Using mainly in watercolour and acrylic she developed a technique of layered application more usually associated with oil or tempera. Over a firm base of drawing, the work is developed in a painstaking and studied process common to all creative arts, especially music. In attempting to achieve a greater whole, the work reflects the laying of colour, light and form in nature itself. She has been a member of the South West Academy for ten years and now exhibits regularly with both organisations.