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.”