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I'M Sophie

Formally trained at Wake Forest, and then a BFA from the University of GA, I was taught hands-on creation of typography and design. In my early days of marriage, I balanced life as a special needs parent while creating  a business as a muralist in Ponte Vedra Beach  - a prolific experience of capturing exotic gardens, foliage and wildlife aesthetics to transform a home with hand-painted art. This began my love of fast-drying acrylics and layering old world textures. 

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 

Awards ·        

Third Place Award “Horseback at Fernandina” – “Going Places” Exhibit at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts 2020 ·        

Juror’s Choice Award “Country Roads” Jacksonville Art Guild Exhibit – SOUTH Kitchen 2019   

 Exhibitions   ·         

Plein Air Retreat Oct 2021 – Kiawah River ·         

Against the Wind – Part of the ART-i-facts exhibit at JAX Airport June 2021-Jan. 2022 ·         

Jewish Community Alliance Solo Exhibit Nov. 2020 ·         

FEMART Exhibit at JAX Airport – Feb. 2020 – present ·         

Jewish Community Alliance- Vandroff Gallery NOVEMBER 2019 - Collecting Moments Exhibit ·         

SOUTH KITCHEN and JAG October 2019 - Southern Roads - Winner of Juror's Choice Award ·         

Featured Artist July 2019 - High Tide Gallery, St. Augustine, FL ·         

Featured Artist at the Village Improvement Association Federated Women's Club for Green Cove Springs - October 11th 2019 

 Fleming Island Library Solo Exhibit – Sept 2019 

 Orange Park Town Hall Gallery Solo Exhibit March - May 2018 

 Jacksonville Beach Arts Festival - 2017 

 St. Augustine Arts Festival - 2018 

 Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts Featured Artist Aug – Oct. 2018 

Featured Artist at SHINE Conferences I,II,III, and IV, Celebration Church, Jacksonville, FL ·         

Baptist Health Healing Arts Gallery - Featured Artist  Broken Butterflies Series ·         

Avondale Artworks - Host - Silent Auction benefiting Pedscare 2010  

©All original art and reproductions copyrighted by Sophie Dare Designs and Back Home Market, Inc.  

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