Sophie Vertigan completed her Fine arts BA Hons at Lanchester University in the UK. Soon after which she emigrated to Canada where she has had a successful career as a Special Effects Co-Ordinator in the Film and Television industry in Toronto, one of only a handful of women in North America.
Three years ago she felt the call to reignite her love of art through painting. In doing so she has chosen to show / express the path of her life on an emotional plane . Drawing on the elements in her childhood that formed who she is, as well as with her current journey of analyzing, understanding and strengthening her psyche.
Her pieces showcase these ups and downs of her life and emotions. They are boldly expressive and never afraid to express the dark parts of her psyche.
“without dark there is no light“
Sophie has found that acknowledging these parts of herself and honouring them in a painting is very cathartic. She feels that if we ignore these elements of our psyches then we are not able to truly be a whole person and believes that suppressing this part of our being can a detrimental to our true self .
It takes strength to go against the grain of a society that promotes the perceptions that everything is ‘great‘, ‘nice‘, ‘fine’, and that depression and sadness are culturally taboo.
Each of her paintings create a powerful and tangible piece of those emotions, categorizing and acknowledging them, thus giving them a ‘home’ on canvas.She feels that this enables to no longer carry them inside her, and to evolve her being.