One Sonny Day is an Australian art studio run by business partners Colleen and Bridget. The journey began in 2014 when Colleen, a fine arts commission painter and former early childhood teacher, started selling her custom portraits through social media. The works instantly resonated with families as a unique way to capture their little Goddess and Free Spirits.
In July 2015 Bridget came on board and the wholesaling side of the business began with an amazing group of Australian retailers getting behind the fine art prints and gift collection. We continue to find more like minded businesses and we are now stocked in close to 50 retail stores across Australia.
As One Sonny Day custom portraits have become a sought-after keepsakes the team has continued to grow with Megan coming on board as our Customer Service extraordinaire and Lilli as our amazing Art Assistant.
However the heart of One Sonny Day has not changed - pieces are all from an original paintings by Colleen using acrylics, watercolours and splashes of ink. All pieces continue to be meticulously and individually hand-embossed - an age old printing technique dating back to the 1400s. The final product is filled with light, texture, romanticism.....and a whole lot of heart and soul.
Meet the Team
Colleen lives and breathes her designs and is a talented self-taught artist and embosser. Mum to Sonny she draws inspiration for her designs from her journey as his amum along with her many years working as an early years educator. This allows her to create beautiful empowering designs that capture the things she loves most about childhood – the whimsy, the dreamers, the Goddesses and the superheroes.
Owning a successful art studio is a dream come true for Col and the most rewarding part of the job is seeing the little people as they open their custom portraits and see themselves for the first time as a work of art. Ultimately, she’d love to see One Sonny Day artworks hanging in little people’s bedrooms all over the world.
Bridget never dreamed of owning an art studio – in fact art was the only subject she has ever failed. Rest assured she will never pick up a paint brush or pencil being much more comfortable in front of a spreadsheet, on the phone or in an accounting system! After 15 years working around the world in Senior HR and Management roles she thought her career path was set – and then two little girls turned her life upside down.
Following the arrival of Evie and Harriet she has traded the travel and the 80hour weeks for a home office, no shoes and school pick ups and has never been happier. Seeing Col’s extraordinary talent early on it was easy to see the business opportunity and managing the operations, stockists and schedule is as fun as it gets for a business geek! Seeing One Sonny Day grow and expand across the country and into international waters is the goal that keeps driving her.
Customer Service Extraordinaire
Megan is there to guide you through the custom portrait process. A Mum of two she has also traded a busy career for a work/life balance and is a pro at helping our amazing customers find the right photo and design for their little cherub.
Nothing is ever too much of a problem for Megan and she strives to make every portrait the perfect piece for the recipient. Always on the other end of the email or a quick phone call away One Sonny Day would fall apart without her driving the custom portrait process and keeping everyone on track.
Lilli is a mini-version of Col! Finishing school in 2016 she is a breath of fresh air and as well as keeping us entertained with her social activities (and reminding us how OLD we are) she is an amazingly talented artist. Learning all the tools of the trade from Col she is becoming a master embosser and picking up many techniques to assist with aspects of the custom portrait process. She also does the myriad of jobs we throw at her with a smile and to the best of her ability.
It is so exciting to be training up a young artist and seeing her talents flourish from week to week as she develops her skills and starts to embrace the One Sonny Day style.