Dad Says it Best

Dad Says it Best

Keepsakes help us mark moments in time. 
I grew up the daughter of a jeweler and small business owner in the little town of Culpeper, Virginia. Over the years my Dad helped thousands of customers with what he calls "Marking Time." He taught me that we all hold on to special trinkets and remember who, when and why we have them. It's in our nature to recall time using such memory hooks... "I got this watch when I started my first job." "He bought me this ring when our son was born."

I'm carrying on the Petersen tradition in my artwork today. Custom drawings and paintings mark a moment in time... usually with special houses, beloved pets, or family moments that we want to remember. We can hang an artwork on our wall and visit it every day. I help bring a moment of the past into our present time. It's a special gift that I feel called to do... and I owe much of this gift to my Dad and his life's work.  ~ Sonja

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Custom Art for Interior Designers

Custom Art for Interior Designers
From my earliest days as an aspiring artist in high school, I was drawn to create artwork-by-request. By the time I graduated high school I had a growing list of buyers (including several teachers!). 

Over the years, I have sharpened my interpretive skills and gained many clients who appreciate my talent for "taking an idea out of someone's head and putting it on paper." This skill translates wonderfully to the world of Interior Design. Not only do I LOVE working with other creative professionals, I also thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating the perfect piece to complete a designer's specific vision.
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Custom Pet Memorial Portraits

Custom Pet Memorial Portraits
Pets really are members of the family, and the death of a cherished dog or cat can be a significant loss for the whole family. While we will be carrying them in our hearts for a very long time, a memento such as a pet portrait helps us to honor and cherish our pets' gifts of love to us. A framed wall art is something we can place in our home and have near to us. 
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A Drawing of Snack Time at Carl's in Fredericksburg

A Drawing of Snack Time at Carl's in Fredericksburg
I recreated a memorable moment in my artistic rendering. The outdoor setting of this ice cream shop makes it a perfect destination for dog lovers to share the love of frozen custard in a historic setting with their owners. On any given day, you'll see adorable fur babies waiting in line with their family for a chance to lick some yummy goodness.
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