Artwork by Terry D. Sonntag

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About the Artist 

Terry Sonntag, long time resident of Northern Los Angeles County, has been a connoisseur of antiques and fine arts for decades. His broad exposure from his antique business, professional development and antique appraisal practice guided him to a greater appreciation for California Impressionist oil paintings.

Terry Painting Vasquez Rocks
Terry Sonntag Painting at Vasquez Rocks

Terry has taken brush and oil to canvas and panel to express his feelings in the style of the California artists that captured the feeling of early 20th century California Plein Air. These great artists sought the views of the Santa Barbara area, Laguna Canyon and Beach, Catalina Island, the Deserts, San Gabriel Valley, the High Sierra’s and beyond.

Saddleback Mountain
View of Saddleback from Vasquez Rocks

Having enjoyed the local landscape for decades, Terry expresses his feelings with renderings of the Santa Clarita and Agua Dulce areas, Vasquez Rocks, Saddleback, Davenport Road canyons, Placerita Canyon, the High Desert and Tehachapi area. He attempts to capture the visions of his favorite California artists; Edgar Payne, John Marshall Gamble, Franz Bischoff and many other landscape artists with rendering he refers to as “interpretive renderings”. These oil paintings are small versions in the style of these artists. Terry’s tributes are not exact copies and there is no intention to coattail their talent or infringe upon their rights. He has developed his own style and will often work from field studies and photographs he takes from various locales and work from his home studio.

Terry also takes great interest in painting miniatures. These paintings are often on smooth hardboard panel and may measure 2”x3” or smaller. His paintings are signed with the initial “S” contained within a diamond in the lower left corner. The year painted is also shown. Paintings are available either framed or unframed.


Terry is an active member of the Santa Clarita Artist's Association and the Bear Valley Springs Cultural Arts Association.

You may wish to view some of his completed works in person. They are currently showing at the Antique Asylum in Palmdale, CA. This venue is an exciting trip into yesterday and features over 100 dealers under one roof and available for viewing or purchase 360 days per year! Contact Terry for more details or directions at 661 478-8935.



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