Sonja Sweterlitsch

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, Sonja Sweterlitsch graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Art and a BA in Creative Writing. She has taught studio art classes at the Smithsonian Institute, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Trust Arts Education Center. She has curated dozens of exhibitions and coordinated large-scale art events in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.  

Sweterlitsch paints with Winsor & Newton oil colors on canvas.First she creates an underpainting using burnt umber, raw sienna and white. Finally she lays in the color, starting with darker tones and building up toward the lights, adding more detail with every layer until the figure is complete. Her subjects center on portraits of women — friends and individuals who have touched her life through their work.

Her series, Pennsylvania Sunsets, was a departure creatively. Her past artwork has focused solely on realistic portraits of women which remains a primary interest for her. Sweterlitsch found it quite freeing and fun to loosen up for this nature series.

portfolio.jpg Sonja's artwork will be in our upcoming exhibit, The World at Our Feet, from November 16th, 2022 through February 10th, 2022.


NEW ART by this artist is on the way!