What it comes down to is that nobody ever told Sophie that she COULDN’T be an artist when she grew up. Both of her parents were creative people who taught her that art was always a useful and appropriate way of relating to the world around her. They took Sophie seriously. They encouraged innovative problem solving and showed Sophie that there are always multiple ways of looking at something. So she guesses her art education started there.
Sophie went to college at U. of O. but was more drawn (no pun intended) toward the creative writing classes than to the fine arts. Short fiction. Zine making. These were the things that really got her inspired. Her preferred language might be pictures, but what she really wanted to do was tell stories. The natural response was to combine the two. Visual narrative is the result.