Doris Sofge, a realism-abstraction multimedia artist, is a Member with Excellence of the South Carolina Watermedia Society (SCWS) and her work’ titled Nestle in the Rocks, was selected in June by internationally renowned artist Carol Carter to be part of the 2012 SCWS Traveling Show.
Her work will be seen statewide with tour stops scheduled for Sumter, Barnwell, Hartsville, Walterboro, Lancaster, Seneca, Aiken and Cheraw. This exhibit is circulated by the South Carolina State Museum and is composed of 30 original works of art.
“(I was) very surprised to learn this piece was accepted for the show. It just goes to show that you never know how your art will be viewed,” Sofge said. “This piece had been shown in two previous shows, and I decided to submit it to the SCWS so I could participate this year.”
Sofge lived in Jacksonville, Fla. and can remember always doing arts and crafts. “I was the one who did the crafty things like making the wreath for the front door,” she said.
She remembers her father was creative and both her parents encouraged her art.She attended Florida State University for one year. After she married and raised her children, she returned to her art education at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she studied with David Mascaro, an internationally recognized medical illustrator and art teacher in Augusta.
Sofge is a member of the North Augusta Artists Guild, Aiken Artist Guild, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and served on the board of directors of the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.
When Sofge began painting, she started as a pastel portrait painter, studying with Bob and Barbara Davis, who taught in Augusta. After pastels, she studied watercolor, which she really likes, and acrylics.
“While I enjoy working in all media, I am fascinated by the versatility of acrylic, which lends itself to various forms of artistic vision,” she said. “It serves well as an outlet for transforming ordinary subject matter into extraordinary paintings.”
She enters competitive shows at the local, regional and national levels, and has won numerous awards. Sofge was selected out of 15,000 entries to be a finalist in The Artist Magazine National Painting Competition, was the commissioned artist for the Thermal and Ceramics International Conference in Augusta.
Her best in show awards were given at the McCormick Art Council at the Katurah (2011) in McCormick, S.C., Yellow Jessamine Festival (2008 and 2010) at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, Festival of Flowers Juried Show (2001) in Greenwood, S.C., Art of Chocolate Art Show (1997) in Augusta, and Eyes for Art Exhibition (1992) in Augusta
She has won six best of show and sixteen merit awards with the Aiken Artist Guild Show. She has three limited-edition prints titled Survivors, Rosemary and Lookaway, and one digital print, The Fearey House, which are sold in several CSRA art galleries and from her home studio.
The Fearey House was part of an art project of the North Augusta Artists Guild where eight members provided original paintings of historical North Augusta homes to North Augusta to be hung in the Municipal Building.
Reach Sofge at email@example.com or (803) 279-5405.
BETH JONES IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH AUGUSTA ARTISTS GUILD.