I grew up on an arable farm in Cambridgeshire, which has had a huge inspiration for much of my artwork today. With a keen interest in my farming background, I gained a degree in Rural Enterprise & Land Management from Harper Adams University in 2013.
It was my intention to pursue a career in land management, however in November 2013 I was given the opportunity to undertake an 11 month internship with figurative painter James Gillick. Within this period I learnt the art of traditional oil painting, making most of the materials by hand using techniques dating back to the 17th century. With this, grew an appreciation towards the techniques and materials used to create an individual masterpiece and so my career as an artist was born.
Having built up my career in Cambridgeshire for the last 9 years, in January 2023 I took a huge leap and moved to the highlands of Scotland, where my partner lived at the time. I've been so lucky to be able to explore the area for a year, however in February 2024 it was time for us to head further south to be closer to family. I now find myself working from my home studio in the Cumbrian countryside, with the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales just a short drive away.
I have a vast portfolio of fine art paintings, which is continuing to grow. My work ranges from small still lifes, flowers & game birds, to larger animal subjects. However, with the surroundings I now find myself in, I hope to learn the art of plein air painting and feed off the inspiration I'm surrounded by.
I am also available to take on commissioned projects, whether it be of a beloved pet or sentimental objects put into a still life.
Spencer Coleman Fine Art, Lincoln 2015 - April 2022
The Hunter Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds 2016 - present
The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh. 2023 - present
Jackson's Painting Prize 2020 - Long listed
Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2020 - Short listed
Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition 2021, Mall Galleries
Art for Youth 2021, Mall Galleries
Art for Youth 2022, Mall Galleries
Artists for Painted Dogs 2022, Online
Please feel free to contact Sophie if you would like to visit her studio or commission a painting.