20" x 30"
The work above appears in the
2017 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale.
Sonya Terpening has participated in the "Masters of the American West" at the Autry Museum for 12 years. She is a recipient of the "Masters" Gold medal in Watercolor. She has been an invited artist to the "Prix de West" at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for twenty two years. Sonya was a Featured Artist at the 2006 "Rendezvous" at the Gilcrease Museum. In 2010 and 2013, she was the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist at the Oklahoma State University, Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM. She is the 2014 recipient of the National D.A.R. “Women in the Arts Recognition Award.” Articles about Sonya’s art have been featured in Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art and Persimmon Hill magazines.
Sonya Terpening’s paintings are in the permanent collection of:
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
State of Oklahoma - Capitol Building
Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
The Forbes Collection, New York, New York
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas
Museum of the American Railroad, Frisco, Texas
The Pierce Museum, Corsicana, Texas
Sonya paints both in watercolor and oil. She studied with professional artists from an early age. Sonya received an art degree at Oklahoma State University but her advanced studies came from knowing and painting with some of the great American artists such as Bettina Steinke, Donald Teague, Richard Schmid and Lowell Ellsworth Smith.
Though she lived many years in Oklahoma, Grapevine, Texas has been her home for 28 years. She feels that living in Oklahoma and Texas is living with the fable of the west. Both states are so rich in history and legend that as an artist she cannot help but seek it out and try to share it with others.
Sonya Terpening’s art is about sharing the great and fascinating world around her. “When something moves me, be it a story or a scene, I want to express it in color and light so that the viewer can share the feeling. There is nothing more beautiful than this great land and the people living in it. I am drawn not only to the American west as it exists today but also to its history. There is something about the past that we all share that makes us better for remembering it. I think art touches the soul and teaches in ways words cannot.”