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 century. 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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