I am British - schooled in Oxford, a mixed media artist, working with both large abstract paintings and small intimate collages. Born into a family of English painters, and publishers, summers were spent surfing at my grandmother`s house in Cornwall, my parents dividing their time between there and London.
I had a long photographic modeling career under my maiden name, Sophie Batsford, made over 150 TV commercials for Europe and USA, plus magazines and editorial.
Early days...Art school, BFA London... bartender/cook in Mallorca, Spain...ran the nightclub on a cruise ship cruising the Mediterranean, sailing from South Africa to South America. After modeling I was a stylist on TV commercials in England, and worked with Stanley Kubrick as production buyer in the art department on "Eyes Wide Shut". Throughout this time I worked as an artist, always painting, writing, and making collages. All spare time spent in my parents studios or finding a space where I lived.
My father, Sir Brian Batsford, was known primarily as the artist Brian Cook: his Batsford book jackets from the 1930s to early 1950s, were outstanding illustrations, incorporating the 'Jean Berte' printing process that gave many of the jackets their bold characteristic colors. My mother, an artist and mural painter, Wendy Batsford, was a serious painter until her death aged 92.
I am married, living in California.
I have a son, Ed, who works for Apple.
One of my biggest influences was the late Franklyn Liegel, who was my mentor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where I studied with him for 14 years. I was a student of Quinton BeMiller, a dear friend, talented painter and instructor, and I still work with my good friend Katherine Chang Liu.
Late, great artists whose work I admire and I feel are an influence on mine, are
Nicholas De Stael, Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Ann Ryan, Hannelore Baron, Charles Seliger, Patrick Heron, Adrian Heath, Charmion von Wiegand... and the list goes on...
I am a former member of 825 Gallery, Los Angeles Art Association, Women Painters West, and Collage Artists of America.
I have private collectors in London, Bermuda and the Caribbean, and regularly show and sell in the US.