Meet the Maker: Sophie Halma
While artist Sophie Halma might be new to Flea, we've long been fans of hers from afar - and are incredibly excited for you to have the chance see her lovely art at Summer Flea! Working with oil, watercolor and ink to produce lifestyle images depicting scenes of jovial group meals, bright cocktails and idyllic beaches, Halma paints scenes, people and things that bring her joy in the hopes that her paintings will bring others the same feeling.
what does your brand truly mean to you?
As the namesake and sole operator of my business, there isn’t much separating me from my work, or vise versa. My brand is relatable for artists and non-artists alike because it’s just me, a person, making things that I think are nice to look at and attempting to crack jokes.
first product you created?
Probably a childhood self-portrait of myself wearing a beret and holding a paint palette.
I’ve made art for years and never really considered it a product until someone asked to buy some. It was an oil painting called “Breakfast in Bed, No. 1,” part of my first series of breakfast-in-bed scenes. There is something about capturing little joys like breakfast in bed that makes them more permanent and significant to me. I say this as the artist, but really it could be that I just think of breakfast constantly. That series chose me.
how has your brand evolved or grown over the years?
For years, I just painted things and gave them away to friends. I’m very lucky some of them suggested I start selling things.
More recent work involves custom illustrations and paintings. It’s a real gift when people to want your work in their home or as part of their wedding, so I love collaborating with clients and friends alike on pieces that will be part of their lives for years to come. This human connection with clients is the perfect remedy to working as a one-man-show.
What materials do you work with?
I prefer oil painting if I’m on my own time, but watercolors and ink pens are so great to travel with. Watercolor usually works best for things like invitations and illustrations, and translates so well in digital design, while oil paintings can stand on their own and say a lot.
what's your favorite product you've created?
By far my favorite has been the series “Things I’ve Overheard,” all pieces named with phrases I have actually heard people say. Collecting these phrases is a fantastic game to play when you’re in an airport or a grocery store or really anywhere. I have tons of them on my phone that I just haven’t painted yet.
why do you do what you do?
Art is just a necessary outlet when your emotions run high; I’ve always had a busy mind and busy hands. What started as my side hustle turned into a more obvious need to create, and I’m lucky that hard work and hard-fought patience allowed me to take it full-time.
what's the best part of your day?
Sitting down at my easel and putting on headphones before starting work on an oil painting. Or, allowing myself to watch Bravo while waking up with coffee. Really tough call there. Oh, and happy hour. There is that too, which can be real nice.
advice to others seeking a similar path in life?
Like any tortured artist, I’m a constant doubter of my own success, so I don’t know if I’m all that qualified to advise, but I will tell you what Oprah told me (via interview with India.Arie): “be clear about your intention, and the universe will rise up to meet you wherever you are.”
best part of being a colorado maker?
In my experience, people want to support you and see you succeed. I love that about Colorado.
on the denver flea wish list:
Sophie's "This tequila tastes like I'm not going to work tomorrow" original painting because we too, love our happy hours with friends (and, lots of cocktails).
Follow sophie halma:
QUICK FACT #1
My mother is also a painter and an artist.
QUICK FACT #2
I took my business on full-time after years in the travel industry - another huge passion of mine present in my art.
QUICK FACT #3
The first wedding I illustrated invitations for was my own.