I'm an illustrator and watercolor painter living in Oakland, CA.

I grew up wandering in gardens around the Bay Area and dreaming of flowers, rocks, soil and water.  I was raised by my single mother who has been a professional gardener for my whole life.  I've always loved to create paper products and I would find quiet spaces in the yard to make little treasures.  I have followed a meandering path to find my way to a career in illustration and I'm overjoyed to share my love of nature through painting.  Watercolor is my muse and I love its unpredictable, unforgiving qualities;  it is my daily joy to harness the wildness of the medium and reveal its delicacy and strength.  

I'm available for commissions! For inquiries please contact: sophie@sophietivona.com

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 Photo by the talented Nicola Parisi

Photo by the talented Nicola Parisi


Find my work at: Rare Device, Take Heart, Bay Made, Liv3, SITTE, Celery Space, Henna Shoppethe Farmhouse Mercantile, pollen + wool, Ark Interiors, The Booksmith, and Succulence.

Recent clients include: Rebbl, Harper Collins Design, Remedy Quarterly, UC Berkeley, Waterbar, Homestead Restaurant.

Click here to buy my coloring book, the National Parks Coloring Book.  Released June 7, 2016