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Occoquan, VA 22192
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Artist’s Biography - 
A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, I later went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island College where I studied jewelry design and fabrication.  Since then I have studied with Charles Lewton Brain, Ken Bova, Carol Webb and other renowned metal artists.  I cut and polish some of the stones used in my jewelry and am a member of the Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club, a juried member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafter’s Guild (NVHG) and the Washington (D.C.) Guild of Goldsmiths (WGG).  My work is sold in local galleries.

Artist’s Statement - 
I grew up in a small town in Maine a few miles from the ocean and my early connection with the rocky coast, icy cold surf and the beautiful vignettes found in tidal pools and on the beach helped shape my visual vocabulary. The smell of the ocean, the chilly salt water spray on my face accompanied by the calls of gulls, the organic shapes of the slippery seaweed and the incredible colors and textures in the pools are all indelibly etched on my memory.  It is my spiritual home and I long for it when I am away. That’s why coral, shells, beach glass and surf-smoothed pebbles are often found in my work – it’s my homage to home.

 Always encouraged to follow my creative urges by my mother, I expected to pursue a career in either art or engineering but was talked out of both by high school councilors.   Art was a hobby and not a career, and women were not capable of learning engineering, they told me.  Those were the days.

 Eventually, I found the courage to follow my dream and became a graphic designer,  which lead to a 45-year career as a color specialist in the printing industry.  Even after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in metal fabrication and jewelry design in the ‘90s, I still couldn’t make the full time transition from printing technician to jewelry artist. Happily, that came when I retired with the help of new found friends and mentors when I retired.

 I am intrigued by the versatility of metal and dedicated to exploring the many ways it can be formed.  The engineer in me delights in discovering new solutions to streamline construction and solve mechanical problems.  My organic mixed metal designs are heated, textured, color treated, beaten and shaped to release the beauty within and my design aesthetic is simple and clean with a modern look. I am particularly interested in textures and my goal is to create my own three dimensional version of abstract expressionism.


Sonia O'Donnell

Jewelry

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