Sophie and Carla

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins

Sophie and Carla
by Emma Hopkins
© Emma Hopkins

Emma Hopkins (b.1989) gained a BA (Hons) degree in make-up and prosthetics for performance from the University of the Arts London before studying art therapy and drawing the human anatomy. Her portraits have been seen in numerous group exhibitions in London including those of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2015–18), winning the De Lazlo Foundation Award for Excellence, 2018.

The portrait is of Hopkins’s friend Sophie and her dog, Carla. Sophie is a photographer, known for her ‘Behind the Scars’ campaign that celebrates people’s scars and the stories behind them. Hopkins says that she agreed to paint Sophie because: ‘she wasn’t afraid of an honest depiction and I found her confidence really inspiring.’

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