Artists / 2021 Artists

Sonja Caywood

Dayton, WY | sonjacaywood.com

“Growing up a cowgirl inspires much of my imagery. I render animals in portrait situations, personifying them in a manner sometimes confrontational, sometimes as a casual conversation or a glimpse into a candid moment.

“I constantly back across my studio as I paint, assuring that thick strokes of amplified oil colors read realistically from across a room. I want viewers to see a representational image which surprises them as they approach closer and see its simple components: an assemblage of unexpected colors and abstract shapes working together as a whole. My work is best experienced in person, as a photo presents only a midpoint between this dichotomy of realism and expressionism.

“I believe that ‘interesting is better than exact,’ and I strive to engage the viewer with expressive brushstrokes rather than tight realism, fostering individual experiences rather than reporting what I see. It’s magical when viewers interpret a feeling or attitude I didn’t intend in the piece; it’s as if my involvement is only a starting place, as art should grow to speak in the vernacular of each person who views it. I’m blessed to make a living on my art, but if I never made another dime on it, I’d still paint.”

Daphne in the Weeds, oil on canvas, 37.25 x 25.25, $4,000
Ewe Gotta Have Friends, oil on canvas, 17.25 x 21.25, $2,500
Gertie in the Golden Grass, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 25.25 x 37.25, $4,000

Gladys and the Horse, oil on canvas, 26 x 26, $4,900
Betty Jean, oil on canvas, 11.25″ x 9.25″, $900
SOLD. One More Round, oil on canvas, 15.25″ x 11.25″, $900
Walking Roan, oil and gold leaf on panel, 15″ x 15″, $1,150

SOLD. Crow Foal with Magpie, oil on canvas, 15.5″ x 18.5″, $900

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