In this episode, I’m talking with Sophie Green. Sophie is an award-winning conservation & wildlife artist from the UK, who specializes in capturing photorealistic details. Sophie has dedicated her time and artistic work to raising funds and awareness for issues surrounding animal welfare and the environment, and has worked closely with foundations such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Explorers Against Extinction. Sophie was awarded the ‘medal of excellence’ by the Artists for Conservation foundation in 2021, was the winner of the Leisure Painter People’s Choice Award in 2020 and 2021, was runner-up in the BBC Wildlife Magazine People’s Choice, and was selected to be one of 20 Artists to exhibit at COP26 in the Blue zone.
In this conversation, we talk about Sophie’s winding journey into a career of painting and supporting conservation efforts. We dive into her challenges with selective mutism in her youth, and how she worked through her anxiety. We talk about her development as an artist, how she came back to art after a hiatus, and her leap from teacher to professional artist. We discuss Sophie’s recent Impermanence collection, her artistic style, her love of travel, and the impact she strives to have with her work. It was a wonderful wide-ranging conversation.