Sonia Lynn Sadler, USA

We love this depiction of Lead Belly.  It is one of a short series of tributes to the 19th century blues icon.
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“ODE TO LEAD BELLY”

Framed Dimensions 22 x 16

Contemporary Art
Linocut on Paper
100% Wood Moulding
Linoleum Cut by Sonia Sadler   
Edition Size: 9     
Framed $650
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“LEAD BELLY BLUES”

Framed Dimensions 17 x 21

Contemporary Art
Linocut on Paper
100% Wood Moulding
Linoleum Cut by Sonia Sadler   
Edition Size: 6     
Framed $650
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Who Was Lead Belly? 

Lead Belly was an American blues singer, born in rural Louisiana in 1889.  As a young man he was a field worker, absorbing, practicing and perfecting what would later become a blues style all his own.  As he worked and traveled, he would sing about his experiences which were defined by a hard lifestyle, including prison time.  Though arrested and detained on serious charges, Lead Belly would be granted pardons on account of his singing prowess.
 
Some of Lead Belly’s hit records include “Cotton Fields”, “Goodnight Irene” and “The Midnight Special”.  After a long career, Lead Belly died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1949. In 1988, Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Art of Sonia Lynn Sadler

After making her mark in the fashion industry, working for Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne and Jones New York, Sonia Lynn launched into a promising second career as illustrator and fine artist.  Sadler’s illustrations capture a world that appeals to children and adults alike. In her prime, she was diagnosed with cancer which claimed her life in 2013.  A memorial service in her honor was held at Largo Community Church that September. She leaves us with a beautiful legacy of color and art.

 
My colored scratchboards show my early memories of the strong wonderful people who taught me so much. They were not rich in monetary terms, but the lessons and the love they gave me were worth more than gold. Because my father was in the military, my childhood was spent moving from one place to the next. I always looked forward to the next new adventure and made good friends along the way.  Many times I will take the memories of friends and relatives and use them in my work.
 
I am a colorist. Pattern and color define my work. My interest in color and pattern comes from watching the women in my family work with fabric. They made their own clothes, later these clothes would become colorful prized quilts.
 
I like to tell stories with my work. Sometimes there are double meanings to a scene and subtle detail so that the viewer has to look a couple of times to see all the detail.  The process of carving the surface of the scratchboard reminds me of the ancient relief work carved into pottery and clay surfaces.”
 
– Sonia Lynn Sadler