Sonia Rollo was educated at Glasgow University, graduating with a B.Sc in agricultural botany. She worked in scientific publishing as editor of Chemoreception Abstracts.
Her interest in animals started in childhood with a pig called Hilary, geese called Charlie and Cassandra, and a mongrel, Pearl.
Training as a biologist meant observing plants and animals, drawing them to aid understanding. But now she have fun with her drawings and making them into etchings.