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Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Sophia Kelly Shultz has been working professionally as an artist for 29 years, at first specializing in “fantasy” portraits in which customers could order portraits as, for example, centaurs or fairies, etc.–and more recently in the spiritual and mythological paintings for which she is now widely known.
Formally trained in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent some years in museum work, primarily working in the University Museumʼs basement with objects that rarely saw the light of day. Unfortunately, the ephemeral nature of museum funding clashed wildly with her need to eat and pay rent, so she struck out into the world to “get a life”–which eventually came to include a husband, a daughter, moves to Minnesota and Chicago and back to Pennsylvania, and a variety of retail jobs. Through it all she continued developing her artwork. (She’ll be doing classes on Egyptian Magic, the Four Quarters Sanctuary, and the Oracle Deck at Changing Times-Changing Worlds.)
In 2005 she took up watercolor painting and produced “Hollieʼs Green Man”, arguably her most recognizable work. Sophia currently lives with her family in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, though during the summers she can likely be found at Four Quarters Farm , where she is now a junior member of the Board of Directors. She collects minerals and rocks, is a sef-described fabric fiend, and has done award-winning needlework. She has been published in NewWitch and Pangaia magazines; most recently her paintings, I Rise Up, Not Without Help, and Badger Knows Everything That Goes On in the Earth; Hawk Knows Everything That Goes On in the Air, have been featured in the WeʼMoon Pagan Womenʼs Calendar.