Sunday, at Five in the Afternoon
2003 pastel on paper
32" X 43"
A member of the Pastel Society of America since 1999, Sonya Fairbanks' work has
been a subject in numerous publications, including feature articles in American
Artist Magazine (2001), and Southwest Art (2005). Her art and life were also
included in the documentary film American Waitress, premiering in 2002 at the
Santa Fe Film Festival and since airing both on The Sundance and Independent Film
Sonya Fairbanks' work is included in collections, both private and corporate,
throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She is currently represented by The
Easton Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA and by the Victoria Boyce Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Fairbanks completed her Bachelor
of Arts with Highest Honors and Distinction in the Major in Painting and Photography at
UC Santa Barbara in 1988. Fairbanks' early career focused on a narrative style, using
varied mediums: color photography, printmaking and book making. She also served on the
Board of the California Society of Printmakers in Berkeley from 1991 through 1993.
In 1994 Sonya Fairbanks moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she would spend the
next ten years. The sparse beauty of the desert landscape encouraged her turn toward
representing the quiet life of nature, by painting still life in pastel. Coming full
circle, she now resides in her birthplace of the Santa Barbara wine country, with her
husband and two sons. In addition to art and art history, Fairbanks' other passions include
travel, hiking, bicycling, poetry, yoga, mysticism and feasting.