As a child growing up in Switzerland, Sonja was given a wildflower book by her primary school teacher. Seeing those botanical paintings has left a very strong impression on her. It was not until a few decades later, now living in Wales, and after a period of painting abstract, minimalistic works that she came back to her childhood dream of painting flowers. She then began exploring and painting these botanical jewels of nature in a very precise and accurate way. A natural curiosity, a love for detail and colour, patterns of any sort, including patterns of life, combined with a love of gardening led Sonja to explore and pursue Botanical Art in its pure form.