I was born in England in 1952 and came to Ireland over thirty years ago. My interest in painting stems from this time. I attended night classes in NCAD and Dun Laoghaire Art School. I also studied under Tony Kew, Avoca and Sister Pauline of the Ecology Centre, Wicklow. I have had Solo Exhibitions in the Arklow Visual Arts Centre in 2011 and 2013. I have also had a Solo Exhibition at the Signal Gallery, Bray in 2014. I have participated in many Group shows, including the Mermaid Gallery, also in Bray. In 2015 I participated in a number of group shows, and one solo show.
My interest in Zen leads me to paint with an immediacy and vibrancy as I seek to capture the richness of the ‘now’. Some of my paintings show the moon, with its air of feminine mystery. As a symbol it represents the divine presence in our lives.
My paintings reflect my creative response on an intuitive and meditative level to the world around me. I take no photographs and do not sketch, but rather allow each painting to evolve from a fragment of colour and inner memory. As such I seek not to be in control, but more a channel for the richness of the world around me.
My paintings are in collections in Canada, USA, Australia, England, Ireland, and on the Isle of Wight.
Sofia is participating in a Member’s Exhibition’ in Arklow Visual Arts in 2016, and has a solo exhibition in 2017.