After a traumatic loss in 2002, of our oldest son (8), Joshua, to a rare heart disease, my art was a necessary outlet to remind me of God's love, even in our darkest valleys. It was cathartic and healing, seeking out references of magnified blooms and butterflies, and the beauty of everyday life.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I
had no words for.” Georgia O'Keeffe
I began to get invitations to speak, sharing my art, and a message of hope through grief and loss. I shared our story in over 20 women's conferences and was featured in NE Florida galleries and Press from 2006-2010. While also working in various roles in marketing and communications, I became licensed with the largest Art dealer via the Furniture Market for my "Back Home" Farmhouse and Coastal works - art that stemmed from memories of my home state of NC.
Some of my select past works are now available as limited edition prints here on my new site, along with my original art - loose, expressive works with mixed media, layers of paint and plaster textures, savoring the process.
It is my hope that my art inspires us all to celebrate the simple beauties and solace found in nature, wildlife and everyday life.
Current representation includes:
Spoonflower - Textile Designs
Sunshine Village Fine Art Gallery - Watkinsville, Ga
Direct to collectors - on site
Third Place Award “Horseback
at Fernandina” – “Going Places” Exhibit at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
Juror’s Choice Award
“Country Roads” Jacksonville Art Guild Exhibit – SOUTH Kitchen 2019
Air Retreat Oct 2021 – Kiawah River
the Wind – Part of the ART-i-facts exhibit at JAX Airport June 2021-Jan.
Community Alliance Solo Exhibit Nov. 2020
Exhibit at JAX Airport – Feb. 2020 – present
Community Alliance- Vandroff Gallery NOVEMBER 2019 - Collecting Moments Exhibit
KITCHEN and JAG October 2019 - Southern Roads - Winner of Juror's Choice Award
Artist July 2019 -
High Tide Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
Artist at the Village Improvement Association Federated Women's Club for Green
Cove Springs -
October 11th 2019
Island Library Solo
Exhibit – Sept 2019
Park Town Hall Gallery Solo Exhibit March - May 2018
Beach Arts Festival - 2017
Augustine Arts Festival - 2018
Center for the Arts Featured Artist Aug – Oct. 2018
Artist at SHINE
and IV, Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL
Health Healing Arts Gallery - Featured Artist
Broken Butterflies Series
Artworks - Host
- Silent Auction benefiting Pedscare 2010
©All original art and reproductions copyrighted by Sophie Dare Designs and Back Home Market, Inc.