A note from the owner...

Welcome to The Sophie. I hope you will enjoy this website and our gallery at 15 Water St, Torrington, CT.


Initially, The Sophie is presenting my paintings and photographs as we broaden our scope to contribute to the Northwest Connecticut arts community.


Like the early American modernists who inspire me, I feel the territory shared by representation and abstraction remains infinite and I love to explore it.


I have been painting since I was a teenager. My formal art education includes an MFA in Studio Art from Claremont Graduate University in LA. I have also trained at The National Academy and the Art Students League in New York City and the University of Hartford Art School.  In addition, I hold four other graduate degrees in literature and the arts.


I feel that artists have three basic responsibilities: to know themselves; to share their experience; to tell truth to power. I try to remind myself of that every day.


Thank you for visiting and please support your local artists!


Scott R. Ritter

August 20, 2021