Yellow flowers droop about a yellow vase in just one of Vincent Van Goh’s popular paintings. The first painting, element of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” collection, hangs in the National Gallery in London. Sophie Barlow remembers visiting the museum on a family members family vacation when she was young and observing that portray. For her, that was the initially time she regarded that art is a “real thing” that persons pay out revenue to go and see. 

“It does not have to be just a fun issue. It can be a thing that you commit your existence executing,” Barlow claimed. 

Barlow, an Artwork and Know-how big in her 3rd year at the College of Oregon, generates art that typically centers all-around a prevalent theme — points are not usually what they feel. A person of her parts depicts an graphic of someone’s head. The androgynous individual is painted absolutely in shades of green and blue. Bubbles amplify components of the confront, incorporating an eerie result as eyes group the graphic. 



Sophie Barlow, a Junior, hopes to operate as an artist right after graduating from the College of Oregon. Sophie Barlow is an Art & Technological know-how important at the College of Oregon, who operates with portray and electronic art. (Will Geschke/Emerald)


“I established the picture by initial drawing the person with eyeballs crying more eyeballs,” Barlow stated. “It was all for a digital drawing class undertaking about drawing destroyed drawings. This piece is the one I was talking about when I identified for myself how getting a electronic artist for faculty can intertwine with the actual physical earth and my bodily artwork.” 

As an Artwork and Technologies big, Barlow results in a good deal of artwork digitally, but she nonetheless will make time to sketch. Barlow stated that she almost always has a sketchbook with her. Portion of her plan is repetition. She draws the same thing over and over right up until she hits a “breakthrough.”

Barlow recently started off operating as an illustrator for Align Journal, a style and way of living magazine at UO. In the spring difficulty, Barlow printed her to start with piece, an illustration for a published tale titled, “Giving your self grace.” The tale is about psychological health and inspiration through the pandemic. As the title suggests, the creator urges men and women to not sense guilty about how they are spending their time — successful or not. 

“There was a time in the pandemic where I was working with a good deal of psychological health stuff, which I sense like a great deal of people today ended up,” Barlow reported. “Feeling unmotivated but also like I had to be motivated. If I was not carrying out art each and every working day, what was I doing? But knowing that I just need to do what feels suitable for me.”

The accompanying graphic Barlow produced appears to be down upon a female who is lost in her feelings. A colourful stream of images — bouquets, arms, mushrooms and doodles — flows from her head. Alongside with the penned piece, the graphic signifies mental wellness and the need to have to give by yourself grace. 

For Barlow, artwork has normally been a type of drugs. She struggles with the two anxiety and ADHD.

When she draws, Barlow is able to overlook about her concerns and focus wholly on her artwork, forcing her to be relaxed and convey her thoughts on paper. She attempts to integrate creativeness all over her day-to-day lifetime.

“When I am drawing, at minimum in my sketchbook, it is for me,” Barlow stated. “It’s variety of all over the area, it does not have to make feeling.”

As an art college student who is nearing graduation, Barlow expressed struggling with “imposter syndrome.” In other words, doubting her qualities and stressing about her potential as an artist and the likelihood of building a profession in artwork. 

About the past couple of months, Barlow also began sharing her work by way of Instagram. She mentioned that about the very last term, she has begun to “feel much more involved in the artwork neighborhood which makes me really feel a small extra self-confident in myself and in which I’m at with my instruction.” 

Barlow designs on graduating in the spring of 2022. Along with a main in Art and Technological innovation, she is also working towards an anthropology minor and an education certificate. She is not guaranteed where she will conclude up occupation-intelligent, but has deemed turning out to be an art trainer. She also enjoys animation and is hunting into an internship at Laika animation studios in Portland.