Artwork by the talented and lovely Sophia Ehrlich. Rest in peace beautiful lady; you live on in the art you left us with. Love you forever “Just Sophia.”

Horse and Rider 05 10 2003 Sophia Ehrlich

Untitled (Horse And Rider)

“Untitled” (Horse And Rider) Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, May 10, 2003 Watercolor. After seeing this painting of a horse and Native American rider, I asked Sophia if she would be interested in illustrating a book for children. She declined, saying to have to paint rather than being inspired to paint, would ruin the fun.

Pleasure 05 2006 Sophia Ehrlich


“Pleasure” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, May 2006, Watercolor. This is the last painting Sophia finished before she passed away. She had started one more, a black horse running, but was not able to finish it. Pleasure was supposed to be a study in color but the entire painting is wonderful. No one would know Sophia was just playing with her paints. The end result looks like a masterpiece to me.

Paso Fino Horse watercolor painting by Sophia Ehrlich

Paso Fino

“Paso Fino!” February 2006 Watercolor by Sophia Ehrlich. Sophia loved horses and even had her own horse, Foxy Jane, when she lived in Reno. I think Sophia loved horses for their beauty, power and grace, but as I study her horse paintings I see a common theme: All her horse paintings have some magical quality about them.

Bandit 01 2006 Sophia Ehrlich


“Bandit” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, January 2006 Watercolor. When Sophia saw a picture of Bandit she told me she had to paint his face. Sophia had a talent for capturing the emotions and mood of her subject and I can almost see Bandit’s tail twitching in anticipation of a good pounce. This painting is truly stunning and the intense stare from Bandit really pops out.

Waiting in Pakistan 11 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

Waiting In Pakistan

“Waiting in Pakistan” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, November 2005 Watercolor. Sophia painted “Pakistani Women Waiting,” before she painted “Waiting in Pakistan.” This painting shows her talent for capturing emotion through her masterful executive of color, tone, texture, and detail.

Pakistani Women 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

Pakistani Women Waiting

“Pakistani Women Waiting” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, 2005 Watercolor. Sophia was intrigued by other cultures. She saw a photo of Pakistani women peering out of a tent and wondered what they might be waiting for. Food? Freedom? Their children to return? Perhaps her curiosity about what her subjects where thinking in feeling contributed to her remarkable artistic ability to convey a story behind her paintings.

My Lioness 07 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

My Lioness

“My Lioness” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, November 2005, Watercolor. This is one of the first animals Sophia painted. Her first, was a great white shark, but this lion, it all his royal splendor or color and is the first mammal she painted. In 2002, she also painted a lion which was untitled.

Harry and Esme 11 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

Harry and Esme

“Harry and Esme” Painting By Sophia Ehrlich, November 2005, Watercolor. Harry was Sophia’s white standard poodle. Sophia loved interjected Harry into her paintings, especially with other animals. The iron thing was that Harry loved to hunt and far more than the company of other animals, Harry loved to stalk.

Old Woman 08 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

Old Woman

“Old Woman” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, August 2005, Watercolor. Sophia did not like getting older herself, but she enjoyed painting senior citizens. I think she may have appreciated the challenge of capturing wrinkles and lines without making her subjects appear haggered and spent.

Golden and Deer 07 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

Golden And Deer

“Golden and Deer” Painting By Sophia Ehrlich, July 2005, Watercolor. This adorable painting captures the true essence of golden retrievers – a breed known for its gentle qualities. Sophia’s son, Jeffrey, says goldens think “I love of everyone and everyone loves me, I’m a golden!” The facial expression of the golden retriever in this painting certainly expresses that idea.

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“Cockatoo” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, 2005, Watercolor. I do remember when Sophia painted this watercolor of a cockatoo. I remember how cute she thought it was that the bird had toys. She shared how smart these birds are, and child-like. She also painted, Lucky the Lorikeet,” in 2005.

Tiger and Pig watercolor painting by Sophia Ehrlich, May 2005

Tiger And Pigs

“Tiger and Pigs” Watercolor Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, May 2005. Tiger and Pig is another example of how much Sophia enjoyed painting the unexpected. This painting was inspired by a true story she read about a baby tiger who befriended a band of piglets.

Worker 03 2005 Sophia Ehrlich


“Worker” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, March 2005 Watercolor. When Sophia sent me a copy of this painting I thought it was a man lost in contemplation. When I asked Sophia what she thought this man was thinking about, she said, “nothing, he’s just taking a break from work.” What appealed to her about his man, and what she wanted to portray, was the strength of his back and arms. I think she did a lovely job.

The Hobo 01 2005 Sophia Ehrlich

The Hobo

“The Hobo” Painting By Sophia Ehrlich, January 2005, Watercolor. Sophia told me she was painting a hobo. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when she showed me this painting. She wanted to show that being a hobo (a person who wanders from place to place without a fixed home) can be a chosen, spiritual experience. This “hobo” certainly exudes a certain angelic quality.

Celebration 12 17 04 Sophia Ehrlich


“Celebration” Painting by Sophia Ehrlich, December 17, 2004, Watercolor. Sophia really loved this painting of a Latin couple celebrating on top of a table. I am not sure what they are celebrating, but I remember she got a kick out of painting this.