As part of the 2018 Big Rapids Festival of the Arts, Sonya Grenell will present “The Art of the Tattoo” on Friday, February 2nd at 5:00pm at Artworks. Come watch local tattoo artist Sonya Grenell, as she completes a piece of original artwork on a current client. She will set up inside The Painted Turtle Gift Shop and work for two hours. Watch art being created before your eyes on the canvas of the body.
Since the beginning of my tattoo career, I have been attempting to push my ability in exciting new directions. I am extremely grateful to my amazing clients, who have allowed me to hone my skills on fresh new projects regularly. I LOVE when a client gives me a general idea and hands over the reigns to create something entirely new. If I had to classify my style, it would be fantasy illustration and occasionally realism.
Sonya earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Ferris State University, forming her creative process into a melting pot of traditional media and digital media, creating visually unique compositions that utilize muscle structure to help tattoo designs flow better with the human figure.
Sonya and her husband, Jesse James, own Lighttouch Tattoo in Big Rapids, working with a talented and supportive group of artists. Despite being in a relatively small town, clients travel from all over America, and sometime from other countries. Grenell has recently made the jump into the convention circuit. Says Sonya,
It is very humbling to receive awards for my workd and to be published in books next to many of the people I look up to in this industry. I look forward to the future and where it will take me. But mostly, I look forward to doing cool tattoos on even cooler clients!
For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.