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I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I run my online Art School with courses in oil and pastel painting. On my blog I write about everything art: painting tips and tricks, exhibition and book reviews and so much more. Check out The Art Cafe for a free and supportive community of like-minded arty folks

In my own painting 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. 

Sophie's Art School has oil and pastel painting online courses, and runs regular online workshops. 

The Art Cafe is the virtual hub of the school: it's free so pop in for your virtual morning coffee!

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


Ampersand Gessobord Review

Ampersand Gessobord is a premium rigid oil painting support. It is a wonderful support that I regularly use. In this article I'd like to describe its

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Slow Down Perfectionist!

So many of us get frustrated while we paint. The painting just doesn't work, you can't make it sing, there's something wrong but you're not sure

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How to Paint a Background

Should I paint the background first or last? This is a question I hear quite often as an art tutor. It illustrates very well how many

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The Artpreneur

Recently someone asked me this: "what does your entrepreneurial journey mean to you? How long have you been an entrepreneur?” It made me smile. A few

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How to Avoid Common Painting Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Imagine what the world would look like if we didn't. I often explain my painting method as one big process of fixing

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A Community for Artists

Your Data Points Are For Sale....When, in the last couple of decades, our artists’ communities moved online and then onto social media we lost something along

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Oil Painting: The Fat over Lean Rule

Scared of OilsA recent article in a main UK art magazine made me remember why I took so long to discover the joys and beauty of

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Basic Pastel Painting Techniques for Beginners

Do you want to try painting in soft pastel but you are not sure where to start? Check out these basic pastel painting techniques to get

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the past is not so far away after all

finding new meaning
through snippets of History

Busting some Painting Myths along the way


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