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Sonsoles S.

Prescott, AZ

About Sonsoles S.

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Sonsoles teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: May 1980
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi, there! My name is Sonsoles (Sunny). I've been teaching private lessons since 1980, and have really enjoyed sharing everything I know, from biology, to drawing and painting. After graduating Valedictorian with 4.0 in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Genetics (University of Maryland, 1994), I worked in cancer research for 25 years in the National Institutes of Health, and later at TGen in Phoenix, AZ. I have loved arts and sciences all my life, which has given me a well rounded, and balanced education. Both my parents are artists, and they have taught me the beauty of fine art, art history, drawing and painting. Now retired from my science career, I am pursuing my artistic passion, drawing and painting in oils, and sharing it all through teaching.

I have studied with well know artists like Amery Bohling, Phil Beck, James Coulter and Chris Saper. You can see my work here:

I am organized, easy going, patient, and very enthusiastic. I try to share my love for learning and make my lessons interesting and fun. I get great satisfaction from sharing what I know, watching my students enjoy the learning process, improving their technique and reaching their goals! My schedule is pretty flexible and I am open on the weekends as well! I really look forward to working with you!

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"Randy"16"x20"oil on canvas. 3rd Prize winner Portrait Artists of AZ Awards Program. Merit Award winner PAOA Members Juried Exhibition 2012


Jan 2010 - Present

I have been painting and drawing all my life, but I decided to really pursue my passion for painting on 2010. Now, a full time artist, I specialize on portraiture of children and our animal companions.

Senior Research Associate
Apr 2003 - Nov 2013
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Worked on the genetic basis of cancer development and therapeutics.

Mar 1992 - Apr 2003
National Institutes of Health

Cancer and aging research.

Research Associate
Jan 1990 - Mar 1992
The Uniformed University of Health Sciences

Cancer research, prevention and therapeutics

Research Assistant
Jul 1987 - Dec 1989
Georgetown University Hospital

Worked in the International Center for Immunology.


Studied with Amery Bohling, Phil Beck, James Coulter and Chris Saper.
Feb 2010 - Jul 2016
Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ and Mountain Artists Guild, Prescott, AZ
B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
Jan 1988 - Dec 1994
University of Maryland at College Park
Drawing workshops
Jan 1990 - Apr 1992
Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Merit Award winner at the PORTRAIT ARTISTS OF ARIZONA 2nd Annual Members Juried Fine Art Portrait Exhibition and Sale. April 2012.
Apr 2012
Third Prize winner, PORTRAIT ARTISTS OF ARIZONA Portrait Awards Program. March 2012.
Mar 2012


Portrait Artists of Arizona
Jan 2012

Portrait Artists of Arizona (PAOA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing support, education, and assistance to portrait artists in their practice and promotion of this fine art form. PAOA sponsors portraiture-focused workshops, portrait demonstrations by nationally acclaimed artists, working portrait studios with live models, and portrait-only exhibitions and competitions to enhance the community appreciation for fine art portraiture.

Golden Key International Honor Society
Dec 1994

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

10 Reviews on Sonsoles S.

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Marci Feb 10, 2017
Verified Student · Oil Painting · Online
Just finished my first lesson. Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and learned so much. I deeply appreciate the forethought and care Sonsoles (Sunny) gave to this lesson. She contacted me beforehand to make sure I was prepared and then took such genuine care throughout the entire lesson. Best part was how personable and nice she was. I can't wait until my next one!
Jessica J. Dec 29, 2016
Verified Student · Acrylic Painting · Online
Sunny is awesome! She is very friendly, patient, easy to talk to and energetic. Sunny is the type of person that you can tell she loves what she does and has a true passion for creating by her energy. I am excited and honored to continue my journey with Sunny as my mentor. :)
Janet G. Aug 22, 2016
Verified Student · Oil Painting · Online
Sonsoles was very open and patient, since I'm a beginner I felt comfortable with her. Looking forward to more lessons with her
Loury Jul 3, 2016
Verified Student · Acrylic Painting · Online
Sonsoles is incredibly knowledgeable in her subjects. She is encouraging and patient, and she is always available if you have questions or art work that you would like feedback on. Classes are catered toward what you would like to learn as well as what you need to develop as an artist. For example, I signed up for acrylic painting lessons, but we began with drawing lessons because drawing is the foundation of painting. Notes are sent to you in advanced for each class, and Sonsoles goes over those notes during class and includes demonstrations. I'm so grateful that I decided to take lessons with her, and I highly recommend her. I always finish class with a more open mind and a smile.

Thanks Sunny!
Charlotte Jun 4, 2016
Verified Student · Drawing · Online
Estelle E. Jan 7, 2016
Verified Student · Acrylic Painting · Online
Had my first lesson with Sonsoles. She is very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I can't wait until next week!
Kristen B. Dec 4, 2015
Verified Student · Drawing · Online
Sonny is very encouraging and also is excited about teaching. It clearly shows in her attitude and willingness to answer questions. She does what she does with her whole heart. I look forward to learning how to draw.
Pilar Sep 17, 2015
· Cell Biology · In studio
I had the pleasure of working with Sonsoles (Sunny) in cancer research for many years, and have always known about her love for art and have seen first-hand her beautiful paintings. Sunny is a wonderful teacher and has taught me many laboratory skills over the years. She has the ability to impart excellence while always being positive and very fun. One can feel how much she enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of art, science, cooking, you name it, she is really talented and a wonderful person.
Lalita Sep 14, 2015
· Painting · In home
My daughters and my self have been taking lessons from Sonsoles (Sunny). Taking lessons with Sonsoles is a very motivating experience. She is a knowledgeable and inspiring person, and she has a drive that sets a bar at each lesson. I always look forward to my time with her and appreciate her knowledge.My daughters always says "Sunny is the best teacher."
Milana Sep 11, 2015
· Cell Biology · In studio
Sunny has been my professional mentor for several years. She is a creative, encouraging and very supportive teacher. Sunny's enthusiastic confidence in my abilities boosted my professional growth from the start. I could not wish for a better mentor!
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