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SOPHIA ENGLAND
Artist & Author-Illustrator

ARTIST
The artwork I create is hand crafted and a response to something that gives me joy, holds a special connection or insight. Other pieces are the result of playing with colour and favourite materials and this gives me pleasure. I like to work in a detailed way and other works have a more fluid nature, both ways of making I equally enjoy. There is a mindfulness element to the way I practice art, this hasn’t been intentional but has come about naturally over the last decade. I use a range of media, paint, graphite, ink, mixed media. I work from my home studio set within the beautiful west country landscape . Latest artworks for sale can be found in my online shop.

Inspirations: I have a love for wildlife and the natural environment and enjoy spending time with nature in various ways, from listening quietly to bird song, gentle sea swims, to travels to the Mongolian Steppe landscape. My intimacy with nature and wildlife sparks inspiration for many of my pieces both written word and artwork. At times I create from a more subtle sensory experience, a felt or intuitive sense, where I receive a moment of wisdom or insight and this generates an artwork.


AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR - Children’s Picture Book
I’m passionate about letting children be children, especially in a world of increasing stresses. I’m currently writing and illustrating my first children's picture book, more can be found here. I believe that picture books are essential for nurturing and inspiring imaginations both for children and adults. My artwork is mainly hand drawn and painted and feel there is something special about an image, artwork created by hand. Through the mark making, brushstrokes, crafting of materials, something magical is created and opens a doorway into imagination and wonder, both for the artist creating it and the child receiving the story. More on my story of becoming an Author-Illustrator can be found here.

More stories to come: Through creating this first children’s picture book more stories and illustrations have come through for subsequent picture books. I have completed another five stories to date, which is exciting and currently filing these so they can be published at a later date. I look forward to publishing my debut book. 

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Experience
Practising Artist & Illustrator - U.K
Children’s Picture Book Illustration & Writing - City Lit London
Studio Manager - Damien Hirst - London & International
PGDip Landscape Arts & Design - Greenwich University
BAHons Visual Arts, Design & Illustration - Leeds Metropolitan University

Member of Association Of Illustrators - A.O.I.
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - S.C.B.W.I.