GETTING TO KNOW - SOPHIE MORRO

 Sophie Morro in her studio. Montreal, Canada.

Sophie Morro in her studio. Montreal, Canada.

I was recently drawn to the attention of Sophie Morro an Australian born artist who caught my eye with her beautifully pensive dreamy paintings. I was immediately infatuated by her work and insisted upon an interview to feature a fragment of her life here on The Lush Scoop.

  'Evolution of Consciousness'.   Sophie Morro, 2012.

'Evolution of Consciousness'. Sophie Morro, 2012.

1. Tell us about your background/history?

I was born in Australia, raised in California and have since been travelling and living in a few different cities around the world. I am currently based in Montreal, Canada.

2. How did you first begin experimenting with art?

I have been drawing since I can remember; many of my first memories are seated around a table sketching with my dad so I suppose what I do now is a progression from those early days. 

3. Describe your workspace:

My current workspace doubles as my living room. My desk sits in front of a bay window with streams of natural light pouring in and my easel is just off to the side. 

4. Do you have a preferred medium?

In the past year, I have fallen in love with oil painting. Graphite pencil is my old faithful.

5. What creatives do you admire most?

Some of my favorite visual artists include Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, James Jean, Del Kathryn Barton, Mamma Andersson, Michaël Borremans. I’m also inspired by Sofia Coppola’s films and Lana Del Rey’s sultry Americana-infused songs.

6. What are you currently working on?

I have been focusing on painting studies, experimenting and playing to see where I’ll go next. While travelling, I’m taking photographs, sketching and generating ideas! I also just launched my website, am selling prints and getting my illustration work in the public eye

  'Sleep Series' -  Sophie Morro, 2013

'Sleep Series' - Sophie Morro, 2013

  'Sleep Series' -  Sophie Morro, 2013

'Sleep Series' - Sophie Morro, 2013

  'Sleep Series' -  Sophie Morro, 2013

'Sleep Series' - Sophie Morro, 2013

7. Describe a typical day in the life of Sophie Morro?

I’m in art school so a day usually consists of me going to class and working on whatever given projects I’m doing at that moment. During the warmer months in Montreal, I love breaking up the days with walks and a snack at any one of my favorite vegan cafes in the area.

8. What is the most difficult thing about being an artist?

 Turning off from ‘work mode’ - as an artist, living and working often go hand in hand. 

 9. How long have you been Vegan & what led you to the lifestyle?

 I celebrated my 5 year Vegan anniversary in February 2014! I became vegetarian in 2008 after some internet research about the livestock industry and how ‘food animals’ are treated along with the health benefits of a plant-based diet. That was the turning point for me.  

 10. Have you incorporated any cruelty-free themes into your work? 

 At this point, no, however I would definitely like to take more action for animals and art may be an effective avenue to pursue this.

 11. Tell us your ‘go-to’ breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast: peanut butter, banana and blueberry smoothie
Lunch: a bulked up salad with the lot!
Dinner: a big bowl of roasted veggies with hummus on the side

 12. Do you have any advice for passionate creative’s who haven't quite made it yet?

 I’m still getting there myself, but I would say to keep experimenting, don’t get hung up on one style and show your work whether it be in your city or online!

13. Where can we find more of your art?

My website: sophiemorro.com
My film photography blog: blogdesophie.tumblr.com
My Instagram: @sophiemorro

 

  'Pink Portrait'  - Sophie Morro, 2014

'Pink Portrait' - Sophie Morro, 2014