A graduate of Sequoya High School and Oklahoma State University, Sonya Terpening is an award winning artist painting in transparent water color. She is noted for taking ordinary scenes and turning them into extraordinary paintings. Such was the case for her painting for the Senate Lounge. Her inspiration comes from the common people and activities that helped to make Oklahoma great. Our children are our future; this was especially true on our frontiers. Their acceptance of the cultural diversities forged one united state.
Sonya's art has been shown in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame; the Philbrook Art Museum; the Thomas Gilcrease Museum; the Oklahoma Museum of Art; the C. M. Russell Museum; and the Albuquerque Museum of Art. S he is an invited artist to the Prix de West, Artist of America, American Art in Miniature, Masters of the American West, and the Great American Artists shows. She painted the cover art for the Pawnee County History and Washington County History books. Sonya is a signature member of National Watercolor Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. Articles about Sonya have been published in Southwest Art Magazine and Art of the West Magazine.