Artist Biography - Sophie Parr

Art was the only thing that I really wanted to do at school and I followed the same process as many which was to do an Art Foundation course and then I studied for a BA (hons) in Fine Art at Cheltenham College of Art. I am now an Art teacher and Mum so work when I can fit it in.

I like to capture what I see, feel and experience; the layers in the landscape, colour, textu
...re, reflections, and movement are elements that continually excite and inspire me to record.

I start by drawing from observation, I need to experience the elements I feel as well as see in order to achieve expressive, honest drawings. I draw and paint with watercolours until I get enough information with the potential to develop into paintings back in the studio.

I like to use lots of different media, I will often change from one to another to help my ideas develop. I trained to paint in Oils, however you need time to be able to work with layers of oil paint so I am using acrylics more as I can speed up the painting process.

I have a good idea of what I want by the time I start a canvas and I love the feeling of reorganising this new blank space. I will usually have a coloured wash or ground and start by using a rigger brush so that I can draw with paint to create as much mark making as possible.
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