My name is Sophia, and I love making art.
I love painting about the hugeness and beauty of life, the possibilities, the perspective, the inspiration all around us in color and light and feeling.
I’d like to say that I have always made art… Like many artists, I started my career sprucing up paper napkins and playing with my dad’s watercolors (my parents were always supportive of my art-making). Except I decided some time in school that my art didn't matter to my future. It would never take me anywhere, and it wasn't a real job in the eyes of society... so I silenced that part of myself. In reality, it was just plain fear.
Fast forward a decade, and I am leaving a grown-up job wondering what to do with my remaining days on earth, suddenly distinctly aware that I would die one day. So I picked myself up off my bed and dug out my paints before I lost my desperation. Lo and behold, art was right where I left it, and after approximately a moment of deliberation, I realized (admitted, maybe) that art had always been my passion and my language.
I named my art pursuit Worth the Paint. Making art sets me on fire, has absorbed me since I was little, and I now face it as an adult. When I was a girl, I was afraid of failure, so today I value learning over perfection. I was afraid of color, so I blast color onto my canvases. I was afraid of movement, so I let my lines slant and bend. I was afraid of accidents, so I honor intuition and welcome mistakes as a pathway to growth. Whatever happens, as long as I am working and progressing, it's worth the pain/t.
And once I realized that, my art and my journey became open to everyone else. Now I share this part of myself instead of hiding it.
Having found my place, I am challenged and fulfilled.
I now create original and commissioned pieces, which can be viewed on my Paintings page.
Aside from being creative, I spend my time volunteering with the local art communities, hitting the mats playing jiu jitsu, traveling when I can, enjoying my Russian heritage with my family, and making the best of my time.