Each month we choose one of the fantastic artists represented on our website to be our Artist of the Month.
This month it is Sophie Adams who explains how her inspirations range from Jim Morrison to the great outdoors, and how each artwork she creates makes her proud as she deems them to be ‘against the odds’.
Why and when did you start making art?
I was born in Paris and I started making art as a reaction to my circumstances – and perhaps because I was born to be an artist, perhaps it was my fate.
How would you describe your pieces?
I don’t think I have deviated from figuration much, I still do figures and draw. It doesn’t change it gets better. I have got a figure so I respond to other figures.
They are strong, expressive and bold.
Does your artwork follow set processes or does it vary?
When I work I work really hard. I concentrate when I am making art, I start with an idea in my mind which I sketch onto the canvas. I have a plan which is important to understand. Then I start painting, I build from there, the plan will be slightly different from the outcome – it develops and grows. Sometimes I am very spontaneous.
What inspires you?
I don’t feel I have to be touched by the muse to make art, sometimes it isn’t up to my standards but other times it is really amazing. I get inspired from outside and take photos, it is like a cobweb – it all interlinks.
Do you have any creative role models?
Jim Morrison. His music and poetry, I find he speaks to me.
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
It is up to the viewer to make a decision. I don’t make work in a cave, I might make it on my own but I expect an audience.
I want them to feel wonder, despair and a real connection perhaps. A different feeling or perception of a different reality, something like hope.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of?
All my works, they are against the odds.
What are your hopes for the future?
To gain insight. To get published – I am a writer – and to exhibit more frequently.