About the Artist: Sophie Walbeoffe
British artist Sophie Walbeoffe studied fine art at the Wimbledon School of Art. She then went on to the Central School of Art where her teacher, Cecil Collins, was inspired by Eastern spirituality. From this moment, Sophie adopted an impulsive way of working using both hands that she says ‘creates magic straight away’. For many years a resident of Kenya where her husband owns a camel farm, Sophie spent two and a half years in Jerusalem painting the sights and people of the city with her inimitable flair and eye for detail. She could often be found with her easel and brushes painting on the streets of the Old City, surrounded by a group of curious onlookers. Her subsequent exhibition of paintings from Jerusalem in the Osborne Gallery, London, was greeted with great acclaim.