British-born Sophie, is a self-taught artist, who has lived and worked in Africa for the past 20 years. She had an idyllic childhood growing up in the British countryside amongst a creative family, surrounded by artisans at the craft centre her parents founded and managed. Art has always been a passion for Sophie, but it was her interest in wildlife that influenced her studies graduating with a 1st Class honours degree in Zoology from Swansea University before packing her bags and heading for Africa. For the next 10 years she was privileged to send most of her days in nature, researching lions in the Okavango delta and then working for a conservation and community organisation setting up programmes across Africa.
In 2006 she married a South African, started a family and set up her own company training Safari guides; applying her vast knowledge of animal behaviour and conservation to pass onto the next generation of ethical guides. Living on a remote game farm, which she manages alongside her husband, she decided to home school her children whilst running and expanding her business.
Art had to take a back seat during this busy time however, in 2015, it was time that her children joined the school system and she was able to focus on her art seriously for the first time. It was during this exploratory period that she started to discover that her talents went beyond sketching. Using her experience with wildlife as an inspiration and exploring her love of texture she brings depth and creativity to her work. She enjoys all media, however currently she is enjoying the more creative side of using recycled textiles and machine embroidery in her wildlife and portrait pieces.