Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

I'm a painter living and working in the beautiful finger-lakes region of Western New York State. I am also an avid gardener and nature lover, so the lush green rolling hills, gentle streams, and majestic lakes that surround my home in this world often appear in the fantasy worlds of my paintings.

Many of the pieces draw inspiration from folk tales, myths and legends. These "teaching tales" were what drew us together around our hearth-fires for centuries, and I believe those stories still carry power.

I enjoy looking at these ancient tales, through my eyes, and painting what I see, no matter if it's beautiful or disturbing. But what's more fun is when others can see those same paintings and find something within of value that speaks to their soul directly. I do not plan for this, but am honored when it happens, and, oh, yes, do love hearing about it every time that it happens. It reminds me that maybe we are not so different after all.

Glad to meet you, and please enjoy the paintings!

Friday, September 21, 2012

"It Begins With a Dream," by Scott Sonnon

It begins with a dream.
Add preparation through diligent research.
Add courage to initiate momentum without support.
Add faith to meet ubiquitous resistance.
Add passion when failures arise frequently.
Add humor when passion temporarily drains.
Add adaptability to adjust to the unknowable.
Add patience as success slowly, occasionally unfolds.
Add perseverance when backslides happen often.
Add gratitude when reflecting upon the great process.
Add service to share the experience of the process.
Add another bigger dream, and restart.
~ Scott Sonnon

Above: Stock image (photographer unknown)

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