Sophie Larrimore


watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil on paper
22 1/2 x 17 inches

I paint dogs, but these are not dog paintings per se; they are a way to explore texture, form, and color relationships. Dogs have been in the work for some time. A seemingly frivolous or retrograde subject and therefore a good starting point. Over time the forms have become more generic and are essentially one of a group of elements I draw from to make compositions which interest me. I tend to take some time to arrive at a finished painting, going back in when I could (maybe should) stop, but that overworking has become part of the process and creates a tension and awkwardness which makes the work interesting. I want to inspire sustained and repeated looking. The most interesting paintings for me (both my own and otherwise) are those I come back to again and again and my experience of them is different with each encounter. – Sophie Larrimore

Larrimore received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2004, and her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues in the US and Europe.