Sophia uses watercolour to capture atmosphere through light, colour, and pattern.
She paints landscapes, looking for special places that when coupled with particular conditions of light can give a sense of a fleeting luminous magic. This is possible for brief glimpses when the constantly shifting light conditions are aligned with the colours and shapes of the landscape in a way that makes you hold your breath at the momentary beauty of the scene.
She seeks to convey a sense of contemplative space, of places where one can be alone and yet feel a primal sense of connection and of belonging. Her paintings contain a meditative calm, a pictorial essence of the restorative peace and safe-ness that can be found within landscape.
She has recently moved to Oxfordshire from London, and is enjoying the luxury of having inspiration a brief dog walk away from home, as well as joining the long lineage of artists inspired by the atmospheric Whittenham Clumps.
Her influences include Winifred Nicholson for her immediacy and her depiction of light; Ivon Hitchens for his sense of place, his colour and the brevity of his marks; Odilon Redon for his charm and magic; Piero Della Francesca for his stillness; Paul Nash’s later paintings for their colour and sense of mystery and magic.