the past is not so far away after all

finding new meaning
through snippets of History

Busting some Painting Myths along the way

Colour Mixing
In Soft Pastel

A mini-course

How to mix colours in pastel

Sophie’s Art School

Busting the Myths of Painting

Welcome!

I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I find much of my inspiration in art history, especially the Dutch and English 16th and 17th century. I try to find a dynamic between the past and the present in my painterly depictions of lace, silk, and velvet as well as my portraiture. My portrait work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the BP Portrait Award and elsewhere. I paint in oils and pastel and am available for commissions. 

Explore my paintings in greater detail. Find out about my inspiration and all the latest exhibitions. Works are for sale. 

Art School

My brand new Art School is getting off the ground with 2 new courses and lots more to come.

A large resource of articles on art history, pastel and oil painting tips and techniques, exhibition reviews, musings and inspiration.

Short videos, tutorials, product reviews, course excerpts and peeks in the studio on Sophie’s Youtube channel


Discover the Blog


Why Soft Pastels are not Chalks
Again and again people seem to refer to soft pastels as chalks, chalk crayons, chalk pastels and so forth. Even[...]
Colour Mixing in Pastel
How to mix  colours to create the ones you don’t have Take this short course to learn how to layer[...]
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year: Winner’s Interview
Last night we could watch the final of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year.  This is a painting competition on[...]
On Painting & Poetry (2)
I’d like to continue with the article I started last week. It was written in 1718 by an anonymous author[...]
On Painting & Poetry (1)
The piece of writing below was sent to The Free-Thinker, an early 18th century journal (or magazine), by an anonymous[...]

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