Sophie graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne before returning to Manchester and commencing a business career. In 2004 she returned to her first love of painting and has been building her career in art ever since. Having worked out of Bankley Art Studios in Levenshulme for seven years she built her own studio in 2011 and now works from home.
Her paintings are inspired by her life, a snapshot of the places she visits and the things she sees, often highlighting the conflict between the busy movement of city life and the isolation of light on structures in a landscape.
These two sides are played out in the dramatically different styles of painting; vivid representations of the buildings and people that form her cityscapes, capturing the essence of the sulphur lights and blurred visions of the city – to the sublimely calm sunlight, casting shadows on a lone building or figure. Whichever scene Sophie is painting she is always drawn to the emotion and often the solitude of a particular person or event.
Whilst drawing on her life, Sophie is also inspired by other painters, primarily the works of Hopper, Lowry and Rothko and has been more recently introduced to the works of Jock McFadyen and Ben McLaughlin.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at The Lowry Hotel, Arison Gallery, Augenweide Gallery in Muenster, The White Gallery, Novus Art Gallery, Bankley Open Studios, Chorlton Arts Festival, Sale Waterside Open, Sale Arts Trail and various projects via CCA.