Sonja is an energetic 40 something writer with a social conscience and an interesting personal history. She came to me when she was bravely transitioning from her male body to her female form. She has shared her home, her love and her life with Mon for 20 years.
The photos Sonja sent me included the books which have influenced her the most; the small trinkets she values for their associations; objects from her daily life; and her favourite clothes.
The shoes take pride of place in the painting not only for the transition they represented for her but also because Sonja designed them herself.
Sonja’s portrait is on the cover of the book she needs to write in my opinion.
PS: Since the painting was completed, Sonja left her day job to write full time. She has also physically completed her transformation through surgery.