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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. 

Beautiful galleries show portraiture, fabrics and lace, pastel and drawings as well as recent work. With links to current exhibition listings, how to buy a painting and more. 

One-day workshops in small groups and with lots of personal help. Sophie teaches painting and drawing in intensive but informal workshops in South Gloucestershire.

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

Short videos, tutorials and peeks in the studio on Sophie’s Youtube channel

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Two Countries in One Portrait

My Self Portrait with Dog was painted over the course of the months November 2017 until January 2018, although the seed for it was planted way before that still. In the painting I wanted to incorporate a few things as well as show my inspiration and influences. Yet the painting could not be an ode to some old masters;

Bitesize Blog: Van der Helst

Van der Helst’s portrait of cloth merchant Abraham del Court and his wife is all about her stunning white silk dress. Van der Helst was a true master of painting drapery and this painting is no exception. Despite the painterly brush marks the effect is extremely realistic.

Steal Like an Artist

Steal like an Artist is a little book full of pearls of witty wisdom by Austin Kleon. An author who draws, as he describes himself, but he is also full of practical, funny and down to earth advice for any creative soul. Read it. Keep it. Worth it.

How to Avoid Overworking a Painting

Overworking is a very widely used word amongst painters. People often worry they have overworked something and tutors warn for overworking a piece. But what is overworking and is it something that should be avoided? Can you overwork a pastel painting as well as an oil painting and so does it apply to all painting?

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