Sonja Gabalis Mortimer immigrated to Canada from Denmark with her parents settling in Ontario. At the age of seven, on a visit with her mother to an outdoor children’s water-colour class, Sonja was inspired to create her first piece of work. She has had a paint brush or a pencil in her hand ever since.
Mortimer is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, York University's Fine Art program and a former visual arts specialist for the Peel District School Board. She has continued to teach part time and give workshops.
Mortimer began working with watercolour, then moved on to ceramic relief sculptures, porcelain masks and jewelry. Her clay pieces have been featured in galleries and shops in Ontario and were marketed across Canada and in New York City.
In recent years, Mortimer has turned her attention to mixed media, collage, and acrylic painting. Her body of work has grown increasingly layered in materials and meaning. That meaning is grounded in a fascination with structure and space, whether natural or man made. “The subject matter of my art is essentially landscape reinterpreted, altered or transformed. It continues to evolve in medium and style,” says Mortimer.
Her paintings often reflect an inner dialogue trying to reconcile both encroaching urban sprawl and the vastness of agricultural lands. It is that push-pull that infuses her work.
Selected Juried and Group Shows: Collage , Mixed Media and Acrylic Painting
2017 Grounded, Headwaters Gallery Alton On.
2016 Headwaters 20th Anniversary Arts Festival, Caledon On.
Common Ground, Glen Williams Visual Arts Centre
2015 Insight Show, Wellington Museum and Archives, Fergus On.
2011 Seeing Red, Alton Mill Gallery Alton ON.
Eye Full, Fifth Annual Summer Salon Show; Glen Williams Visual Arts Centre
Down the Garden Path, out door garden show, Inglewood ON.
2010 Summer Sojourn, Solo show, Alton Mill Gallery, Alton ON.
Two Artists, Four Directions , Glen Williams Visual Arts Centre
Insight Show, Wellington Museum and Archives, Fergus ON.
2009 Headwaters Arts Festival, Caledon On. Award
Details, Curiosity Books and Gallery, Creemore ON.
Art in the Park, Oakville On.
Insight Show ,Wellington Museum and Archives Fergus ON.
Alton Mill Gallery, Alton ON.
2008 Passion, Paul Morin Gallery, Rockwood ON.
Hills Of Erin Studio Tours, Burdette Gallery
Eye Full, Third Annual Summer Salon; Glen Williams Visual Arts Centre
Spaces Embraced, Glen Williams Visual Arts Centre, Halton Hills ON.
2007 Headwaters Arts Festival, Caledon, ON.
John Sommers Art Show, Georgetown ON. Awards
Halton Hills Artisan Show, Georgetown ON.
Eye Full, Second Annual Summer Salon; Glen Williams Art Gallery, Halton Hills ON.
Watercolours, Ceramic Relief Sculpture, Porcelain jewelry and masks
1990 Canadian Craft Show-One of a Kind 1986-1990 (10 shows) Toronto ON. Design Award
1989 Oakville Outreach, Oakville ON.
1988 Calgary Chamber of Commerce-Artisan Show, Calgary Alberta
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Artisan Shows Toronto ON.
1984 Loveridge-Phoenix Gallery, Toronto ON.
Red Brick Cobblestone Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON.
1983 Crossraods Gallery, Elora, ON.
Glen Gallery, London ON.
Beth Tikvah Synogogue Juried Shows, Toronto ON.
B’Nai David Synagogue Juried Shows, Toronto ON. Awards