Sonya was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She studied Fashion Merchandising in Toronto and received an associate degree from the International Academy of Merchandising and Design.
Sonya immigrated to the United States of America in 1996 where she worked at her mother’s American crafts and art gallery in Stowe, Vermont, the “Emotional Outlet Gallery”. Sonya later owned and operated “Sonya’s Clothing Company”, also in Stowe, Vermont.
Sonya presently lives in Naples, Florida where she has resided since 2003. Sonya is currently on hiatus from a career in retail management in order to pursue her love of painting. Sonya has dabbled with paints over the years but is currently taking lessons with Arturo Samaniego in Naples and at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs.