Sophie Ploeg was born and raised in The Netherlands.
She has always enjoyed art and and studied Theatre Design at
Art College in Utrecht. With a thirst for more knowledge about
art and architecture she enrolled at the Vrije Universiteit
in Amsterdam to study art history. She gained her MA in 1998
and is currently in the last stages of writing a Ph.D on the
role of rhetoric in English architecture in the seventeenth
In 2001 she moved to England to live with her English fiancé.
Her interest in ‘speaking pictures’ has infected her paintings
as can be seen in her architectural work and her portraits.
She takes on commissions for portraits or buildings and enjoys
the balance between the requirements of clients and the freedom
of experimenting with the most persuasive combinations of colour,
composition and texture. Her love for pastel started in her
teens when she worked from a small beginner’s box of Rembrandt
pastels, which has since then expanded to an ever-growing amount
of professional quality pastels. She loves to work with colour
and tones as those are, for her, some of the strongest elements
of atmosphere and expression.
She has had various commissions from clients in The Netherlands
and the United Kingdom. The demand for her work is growing and
she is currently looking for the ideal venue to exhibit her
work more regularly.
Pastels can create an impressive range of colours and tones.
It can have the softness of watercolour or the intense colours
of oil paintings. While it originated in Italy in the sixteenth
century, it became very popular in the eighteenth and late nineteenth
century. Famous impressionist pastel artists include Degas,
Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec and Whistler.
Sophie Ploeg accepts commissions and much
of her work is for sale. More examples of her work can be seen
on her own website at:
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local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
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