Sophie joined Saatchi Art in May 2019, specialising in portraits with a twist and animal paintings with a twirl.
The swirly brush strokes make it easy to spot a Sophie Huddlestone painting, the majority of collectors being from the U.S. and U.K. Sophie is based in Leicestershire and fills her art studio with beach theme items to encourage a carefree holiday mood while painting. The blue tinted glasses that Sophie wears are for Irlen Syndrome which could be the quirk that encourages the happy vibes in the colour combinations.
Texture and patterns inspire Sophie, with an added mischievous streak when it comes to watercolours and an unusual method of combining oil paints with watercolours.
Having a degree with honours for industrial ceramics (Staffordshire University) and working with Wedgwood as a student, Sophie went on to sell pattern designs to Staffordshire Tableware. It was when she won the university’s Stuttgart surface pattern competition that the love and enthusiasm for creating swirly artworks took over the ceramics. Life events put painting on hold until her mid 30's when the swirly artistic adventures began to unfold.
2012 Past exhibitions have been at gallery’s in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire
2013 up to the present day Sophie’s artworks remain on display in all the corridors of Vision House in Leicestershire.
2014 - 2020 Future exhibitions are on hold due to focusing on raising a family.
2011-2020 Although Sophie does not take part in exhibitions and shows in person she has sold over 2,500 original hand painted artworks worldwide through online sales from her own website. Sophie has created artworks for a few well known celebrities along the way, such as several floral and beach paintings for the Author Lynda Page, a portrait for the England Footballer / sports commentator Russell Osman and a pet dog portrait created for Matt Goss (Bross).
2020 During the lock down two of Sophie’s portraits of Noel Fielding and photographer Rankin were on Sky Arts portrait artist of the week television show among other artists portraits.
2020 August Sophie’s N.H.S. commissioned Portrait of 'Hayley ICU Nurse' was selected for the ‘Portraits for N.H.S. Heroes’ online exhibition organised by Google Arts & Culture with Paintings in Hospitals. As a permanent historical record via paintings.