Q&A Artist Sophie Nixon

Third in the Q&A series is talented artist and one of the organisers for Sale Arts Trail


What is your practice? Materials? Processes? 

I am interested in painting city and landscapes particularly focusing on interesting light and shadow play on the side of a building and lone figures in a space. I paint in oils and draw a lot in situ and from photographs.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Light, Loneliness, Shadows, Intrigue & Simplicity


going home

oxford road 20x20the shack1

Do you have any design heroes? 

I am inspired by the work of Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko and I couldn’t paint my favourite city, Manchester without a nod to LS Lowry. More recently I have become fascinated by the work of Ben McLaughlin.

Where is your studio? Pictures?

My art studio is a cosy log cabin at the end of my garden.

6 art studio

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Radio 4, cat, cuppa tea, sunshine, painting at my easel

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

My Christmas decoration for the Bazaar! I’ve never made a Christmas Decoration in my life so I’m struggling to think of something that represents my practice but will look beautiful strung from a Christmas Tree.

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

I will be selling original drawings, painted studies on paper and limited edition prints of my paintings.

Tell us something we don’t know

I started painting my Penguin Family paintings when my good friend Emma was pregnant with her first child Rock. I wanted to paint an image for his nursery that spoke of close family. I also learned that babies focus on black and white shapes before recognising colour and tone making penguins the perfect subject. Since then I have tried to give all my closest friends a painting or print of this image as they bring their babies home.


penguins photo format


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