At the early age of 24 Sophie was spotted by the Royal Watercolour Society and invited to become an associate member. She also won her first large painting award “the Hunting Group Young Person’s Award” for her large canvass, this time in oil.

Since completing her postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Art in 1989, Sophie has had numerous exhibitions in London and touring shows in Spain, the USA and Canada.

In 1999 she received a prestigious commission to paint six watercolours which are now housed permanently in the House of Lords. She was pleased to recently discover she also has a painting hung in the Prime Minister’s chamber. Sophie also worked on location inside the Palace of Westminster producing two large watercolours of its interior, now hung in the new parliamentary building. She has been collected by numerous private collectors and has work in the British Museum (The Royal Watercolour Society Archives), the TSB Bank (The City), and several corporate collections, including Pilkingtons and Freshfields Solicitors.


Sophie's Method

I mainly work in situ, directly from the landscape/cityscape. I also produce larger scale works, in a more reflective manner, in my studio in London.

I work very physically, often in awkward locations such as perched on the edge of a waterfall or surrounded by commuters at a station. This experience and the struggle to record the ever-changing light, colour and weather of my subject all becomes an integral part of its final appearance.

Working quickly, I drench the paper with water and pigment keeping the composition constantly on the move, pushing the paint around until I am happy with the final image. I aim to retain those first moments of visual excitement I feel when truly looking.

My paintings are an amalgamation of experiences. The noise, smell and visual impact of the city and landscape all transmit themselves through the energetic marks and texture I create while working.

My work is not anchored to any topographical imperative, I use visual stimulus only as a vehicle from which to convey a more personal vision in which mystery, mood and suggestion play a large role.


Recent Events

2018 Exhibiting at The Hong Kong Art Fair with The Siger Gallery (this May)
2017 Demonstrated my watercolour techniques for Windsor & Newton launch of their new paper at Bankside Gallery
2017 Secret post card sale ( donated small painting) Bankside Gallery, London
2017 Interviewed Live on “London Live” , to discuss my work and “London a Sense of Place” Exhibition
2015 As part of the Queens 90th Birthday Celebration, Ran two day watercolour workshop at Buckingham Palace, and the Palace Gardens.
2015 Demonstrated Watercolour painting at The Millegan Showrooms as part of Art and Design Week, Clerkenwell

Solo Shows

2017 The Jane Newbury Gallery, Dulwich Village
2013 and 2010 The Bircham Gallery, Holt Norfolk
2006 Gallery 47, Holborn , London
1998 The Unicorn Gallery, South Kensington, London
1998 Selected Artist at Bankside Gallery
1996 Gallery 47, Holborn London
1993 Waterman Fine Art, Piccadilly, London
1991 Cadogan Contemporaray, South Kensington, London

Selected Group Shows

2018 “Equinox” The Felix and Spear Gallery, Ealing London
1989 – 2018 Several group shows a year , The Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London
2017 “ Clash” The Siger Gallery , Marylebone, London
2016 The Jane Newbury Gallery, Dulwich Village
2016 Drawing and works on paper , The Lovely Gallery, London
2012 “ Circus” The London Group Open , Hoxton , London
2010 & 2008 The Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
2008 The Watercolour and Drawing Fair, The Museum of Mankind, London
2006 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries, London
2004 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries, London
- The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2003 The Drawing and Watercolour Fair, The Royal Academy of Art, London
1993 The Reutlingnen Gallery, Germany
1991 Touring exhibition, U.S.A and Canada, The R.W.S
1992 The New Collection of contemporary paintings, The New Parliamentary Building
1992 Long & Ryle, London. Two Person exhibition
1992 & 1989 The Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy.
1990 The Olympia Art Fair, London
- Gallery International, The R.W.S in Chicago
- Bonhams London, Contemporary Painting Auction
1989 The Hunting Group Exhibition, The Mall Galleries.

Awards

1990 The Hunting Group Young Person award for painting, The Mall Galleries
1989 The Eric Kennington Prize for the encouragement of Good Drawing
1989 The Royal Watercolour Society Award Scheme
1989 Selected for “ The Big Picture Chase” interview on the BBC
1988 The David Murray Scholarship for Landscape
1987 The Fred Elwell Prize for Still Life
1986 The Ian Tregarthen Jenkin Award for Drawing

Education

1986-1989 R. A (Dip) The Royal Academy Schools
1983-1986 B.A ( Hons) Fine Art – Camberwell School of Art
1982-1983 Hertfordshire College of Art & Design

Permanent Collections

  • The House of Lords, London
  • The New Parliamentary Buiding, London
  • The British Museum (permanent RWS collection)
  • TSB Bank, The City
  • Pilkington International
  • Koran/Ferry International
  • Freshfield Solictors

Hardback Publications

  • 2017 Watercolour Secrets, The R.W.S
  • 2015 The Watercolour Expert, The R.W.S
  • 2012 Watercolour Masters , Now and Then, The R.W.S
  • 2001 Collins Artist Manual