Art & Art History
Sophie Ploeg is an artist, art tutor and art historian
Inspired By The Past
I am an art historian, artist and art tutor. I love how history can put things in perspective and in my paintings and research I aim to celebrate the great human story we are all part of.
My art varies from floral still life to dramatic drapery pieces, portrait commissions and pastel sketches. I work in oils and soft pastel. Much of my paintings feature fabrics, and, especially, lace. I have always had a love of portrait painting.
I love art historic research. Much of my art work involves art history and I am currently spending most of my time working on an MA in ancient history, with a focus on Roman art. I am also working on an article on the role of lace in late Tudor and early Stuart portraiture, a project I started way back for the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Travel Award.
Sophie’s Art School
Sophie’s Art School is my very own online painting school. In my art school I offer online courses, tutorials, articles and much more for those wishing to improve their art. There is also a private online community for students, regular workshops and much more. Find out more by clicking the button below:
What they say
London Evening Standard 2013
There are some real successes, mostly on an intimate scale: Sophie Ploeg’s Self-Portrait with Lace Collar sensitively describes the delicacy of human skin as her luminous face emerges from a dark interior [...]
(Review BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, 2013)
A happy student
Sophie’s Art School
This is the most unique online art course I have taken. The setup is unique and the contents takes a pastel newbie from pastel and paper types through mark making and beyond. Also Sophie is there every step of the way and I think that she is the most valuable resource in the course.
I am gazing at her face as I type and I am quite overwhelmed by the picture. The detail and colouring is breathtaking. Thank you.