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Sonya Basanti Kumar

San Rafael, CA

Most of my work involves the natural world. My media are painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. My primary painting media are oil paints and watercolor, although there are a few acrylic paintings as well. My sculptures are created by the technique of needle felting, where animal fiber is poked with a barbed needle until it becomes compact and stiff. Most of the animals are felted over a wire armature so that they may be posed and so that they don't collapse. I use wool and alpaca fiber from local farms including Windrush Farm in Petaluma, and occasionally will include rabbit fur that has been combed off of the bunnies living at SaveABunny in Mill Valley who are waiting for someone to take them home and love them. I have recently started experimenting with wet felting (so far I made some hats).

I like to do a lot of different things. It's hard to put me in a category, because I'm a painter, and a sculptor and a photographer. I also have a degree in wildlife fisheries conservation biology with an emphasis in avian sciences, which is why you will find that most of my work is of the natural world, and there are a lot of birds. My house rabbits have also been finding their way into my work and much of my recent work has featured them.

I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and I have never lived anywhere but California and I love it here. My father is from India and my mother is from Ohio. I sign my work with my middle name, Basanti, which means Springtime in Hindi. I am very grateful for my husband who has been so supportive of my art, and for my wonderful children, and for all my friends and family who have been so encouraging. I'm looking forward to meeting the people who come visit my studio!

People Should Love Whale Sharks

Sonya Kumar

What We Love

Sonya Kumar

My Beautiful Friend - Oriole and Orange

Sonya Kumar

Shelli Poppin, Proprieter, Shelli's Bits and Bobbles

Sonya Kumar