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Sophie Harding

Sophie was born in London in 1970. Shortly after her parents relocated to Somerset and then Dorset where she grew up, the eldest of seven. Sophie graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1992 with a BA(Hons)in Fashion and Textile Design. After college she proceeded to work full time as a painter, illustrator and textile designer creating best selling images for cards, gift wraps, homewares, magazine and book illustrations both for the UK and worldwide. Clients have included Marks and Spencer, Ladybird Books, The Art Group, Artists’s Cards Ltd and Dunoon. Sophie’s paintings have been shown and sold in galleries around the U.K. since 1988.

Last year Sophie signed up for a printmaking course in Penzance and now produces collagraph, drypoint and monotype prints sometimes using a monochrome palette which provides a balance against her more colour driven paintings. Sophie’s work is focused on simplicity, joy and harmony. She captures small moments in life by painting or printing the essence of a scene or group of objects. Her paintings are primarily driven by colour with an emphasis on the power colour has to evoke positive emotions. Sophie lives in Penzance here she works in a small studio in her house, a few minutes walk from the seafront.