Ca’ d’Oro, Venice II, Watercolor, 7″ x 7″, 2013
Venice, Arrival, Watercolor, 7″ x 10″, 2013
Royal Palace Doorknocker, Fez, Watercolor, 8″ x 10″, 2012
Courtyard of the Mexuar, Alhambra, Granada II, Watercolor, 14″ x 9″, 2012
Royal Palace Doors, Fez III, Watercolor, 15″ x 9″, 2012
The very first watercolor impressions that appeared on my easel were of Italy: a place I have journeyed to often, a place that embedded in me a deep sense of wanderlust and a heightened awareness of the impact that spaces and places can have on oneself. I also have traveled to Spain, Morocco, and Iran. In all of these travels were planted the seeds of my art. The sites that moved me became subjects for my watercolors.
I often refer to this collective body of watercolor work as “Impressions of Place”. I use the word “place” because it suggests the experience of having been within, or in the presence of, a particular site—something more personal and subjective than perhaps looking at an image in a book.
The process of painting a watercolor, of watching pigment and water flow and interact on paper as these impressions emerge, is very serene and somewhat meditative. The finished paintings at times become a springboard for another craft, that of writing, where I again connect to and celebrate the experience and memories of being within “place.”
About the Artist
Sophia Khan has bachelor of architecture and master of architecture degrees, which she pursued while living in Florence, Italy. She has worked as a designer with several architecture firms and has taught drawing, historic preservation, and architecture-related college courses. She has studied fine art and developed much of her style through her own independent creative ventures. Khan, who loves traveling solo, paints from both personal travel memories and photographs, including those of her patrons. Khan currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.