"Whether exploring the figure or florals, Northern California artist Sonia Gill is first and foremost a painter of the intimate. Inspired by French artists Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard she has plumbed her orchard in Mendocino County for complex compositions rich in high contrast and strong color. Her figures are all intimates in her life caught at work, play or rest. By focusing on the particular individual she is able to create portraits that become universal. Hugely influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Art Movement, especially Elmer Bischoff, David Park, and James Weeks, she continues their exploration of the figure in its environment. Her art education began in 1976 at Ca. College of the Arts working with artist and teacher Jay DeFeo, among others. Exhibiting continually since 1980 Sonia has had numerous awards and many group and one-person shows. At present she lives in Berkeley and Yorkville maintaining studios in both places as she continues her figure and floral explorations in Oil, Watercolor and Collage."
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