Artist Statement

Sonja Wise Artist at her easle

The art that I produce is an inspired, beautiful testimonial of important places and loved ones that make our existence here meaningful. In my drawings and paintings I want you to see someone’s special moments rather than my own artistic statement. I am a recorder of messages and I preserve legacies in the tradition of long ago classical artists.

My art calls to the viewer by it's mystery of capturing the soul and realism of the subject. This artwork isn’t a photograph, yet it requires an up close inspection of the detail. I know I am successful when you have to look twice at my piece. I am especially driven by using lines and shadows to portray my subjects. In the lines and shadows you will see the energy that I put into every picture.



Sonja Wise is an artist born and raised in Virginia and currently based in Spotsylvania. She offers custom artwork and is best known for her house drawings and pet portraits. She takes great joy in helping others connect with important places and loved ones by capturing them in pieces of beautiful art. She considers herself a recorder of special moments and a preserver of legacies in the same tradition of the long-ago classical artists.

Sonja Wise Artist

Sonja started selling and commissioning individual drawings in her teens and went on to study painting and printmaking at VCU. She worked as an Events and Marketing Coordinator for the City of Fredericksburg early in her career and then owned her own graphic design studio for eight years. She's currently supervising Events and Marketing with the city, which she balances with her daily retreats to her home art studio. Her creative endeavors are fuel for her spirit and she's rarely lacking for a project at work or at home. 

Sonja Wise has a unique artistic talent and each customer that hires her receives individual attention. Every drawing is done with precision and care as she strives to bring her customers’ visions to life. Her creative process is uniquely her own; she provides realistic renderings that aren’t photographs but require an up close inspection of the detail.  Sonja captures the essence of a subject through her use of lines and shadows. And it's in these lines and shadows where you will see the energy that she puts into every picture.

Recent Awards

  • Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, 2nd Place Drawing, 2017

Solo Exhibitions

  • Cultivating Artist Choices, Culpeper Arts Council, Culpeper, VA 2013
  • Sonja Wise Artworks, The Griffin Bookshop, Fredericksburg, VA 2010
  • Artwork by Sonja Wise, Petersen Jewelers, Culpeper, VA 2010
Group Exhibitions
  • Holiday Candlelight Tour, Caretaker's Cottage, Fredericksburg, VA 2017
  • Fredericksburg Pet Show, Expo Center, Fredericksburg, VA 2015-2016
  • Art in the Park, Farmers Market, Fredericksburg, VA  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Fredericksburg Home & Garden Show, Expo Center, Fredericksburg VA 2015-2017
  • Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, Dorothy Hart Community Center, Fredericksburg, VA 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Mardi Gras Exhibiting Artist, Culpeper Gold and Jewelry, Culpeper VA 2015
  • Shadows and Reflections, Louisa Arts Center Purcell Gallery, Louisa VA 2014
  • Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids, New York, NY 2013
  • Fredericksburg Art Festival, Riverfront Park, Fredericksburg, VA September 2012
  • Commerical Building Display, Art District Lafayette Blvd Bldg, Fredericksburg, VA 2012-2013
  • Paintings on Exhibit, The Pear Tree, Spotsylvania, VA March 2011
  • Meet the Artist, Autumn Songs, Culpeper, VA 2010


Recent Publications

Alison Brophy Champion, Cultivating Artist Choices, Culpeper Star Exponent, 2013

Susan Larson, Tension Between Traditional & Abstract, Front Porch Fredericksburg, January 2015

Anita Sherman, Biz Bio, Culpeper Times, October 2015