Sophia Tarassov is a Novato, CA-based painter, inspired by the compliments and contrasts of her surroundings. Her chosen subjects often connect to familiar symbols and simple pleasures. In recent work, there is more freedom, texture, and playfulness with the palette and texture. An artist residency in Romania sparked a new passion for painting that she continues to revisit in a body of work that embraces ideas of comfort and contemplation. Her work has been shown and sold in Sibiu, Romania, PA, NY, NJ, CT, RI and CA. After receiving her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she majored in Illustration and Metalsmithing, Sophia participated in a variety of Arts Councils, Workshop Associations and Leagues, and exhibited at local galleries and Museums. Her large scale canvases were well received and described as “imposing” and “moody” at the first Trenton Avant Garde Festival. She moved to San Francisco and spent years painting, exploring techniques, and showing work before settling in the Hudson Valley for ten years. Now back on the West Coast, she continues to explore and celebrate the colors and shapes that inspire her life.