Art & Art History

Sophie Ploeg is an art historian, artist and art tutor

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.  

A Guide to Colour Temperature in Pastel Painting
How to Avoid Common Painting Mistakes
How to Paint a Background
Welbeck Abbey and its Owners
A Short History of Early Lace
Robert Peake & Charles I


The Blog

My Blog is for art history lovers, those interested in lace history, and of course, artists. See a random selection here or go straight to the blog of your choice: 



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. 



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.


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.  Find out more by clicking the button below:


What they say

Ben Luke

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.

A Client

Sophie’s Art

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.

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