Ocean-inspired watercolour illustrations by Sofie Seyah

Perth, Australia On Etsy since 2015


Ocean-inspired watercolour illustrations by Sofie Seyah

Perth, Australia | 833 Sales



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About SofieSeyah

Sales 833
On Etsy since 2015

Illustrations from my life under the sea.

Watercolour and ink artist. Marine environmental scientist. David Bowie and Freddie Mercury fan. Bohemian. Mother.
I was born with a paintbrush in one hand and crayons in the other, a stone’s throw from the ocean. As soon as I could walk I was swimming and as soon as I was swimming, I was snorkelling. Instantly addicted to the adventure that came with being immersed in the ocean, if I wasn’t painting watercolour sunsets or scribbling surf brand logos, I was head-down-bum-up swimming with the fish at Mettam’s Pool. 
A passion for coastal conservation led me study environmental management at uni, majoring in coastal and marine studies and then a Masters by research project examining the link between marine and island ecosystems. I was fortunate to work as a marine research assistant at the uni, splitting my time between diving and lab work. A lucky job opportunity then saw me working as a marine environmental scientist on and in the water in Australia’s north-west Pilbara region. My time spent underwater as a commercial scientific diver enhanced my appreciation of our beautiful ocean and its inhabitants.
It wasn’t until 2011, when I fell in love with Perth artist Sarah McCloskey’s ink and watercolour artwork that I was inspired to reconnect with my creative side; filling sketchbooks with drawings, paintings and bringing the ocean’s incredible creatures to life with my art. Then in 2015, my son entered the world. I was unemployed, overwhelmed and fumbling through my journey of parenthood, desperate for a creative outlet and distraction. After substantial encouragement, a printing budget and a market gazebo birthday present from my husband, Sofie Seyah Illustration was born. My artistic skills were initially pretty rusty but knowing that creating was destined to be a part of my future, continual practice and experimentation was essential for me to create the artwork you see here today.
My artwork reflects a combination of the internal struggle of the marine scientist within wanting the anatomically-correct illustration and the creative artist who desires to splash, have fun and break free of form and function. My creative process quite adequately summarises my career; constantly flicking between the disciplined scientist and the messy creative. It often makes translating what’s in my head onto paper an unmanageable task. 
Within each and every drawing is a detailed story, each one unique as the subject itself. Taking inspiration from the ocean and making it personal is my way of sharing the intrigue and fascination of these incredible creatures with you.  When you buy a piece of my art and hang it in your homes, I want to inspire a love and fondness within you for the species adorning your walls. I want to ignite a fierce protectiveness, so when there is a call to action for us to step up and act on their behalf, you feel compelled to contribute to their conservation, so that future generations can experience the majesty of these animals as well.  
Sustainability is considered in every aspect right down to the paper they’re printed on. Part proceeds of each sale is also donated to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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  • Sofie

    Owner, Designer, Illustrator

    Perth-based marine scientist, illustrator and mother of two little crazy munchkins. Inspired by Mother Nature and a deep love of the ocean.

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Last updated on April 19, 2018

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All artwork is carefully wrapped and packed by me, and shipped from Perth via Australia Post.

If you live in Australia, your artwork should arrive within approx 2-7 business days. Contact me if you would like a quote for including tracking and/or insurance with your package. Orders for A3 and A2 sized prints include tracking information.

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