Soraya French was born in Tehran, Iran, and has lived in England since 1977. She works in watercolors, pastels, acrylics, oils, and mixed media. She has won several awards and is regularly invited to run workshops for art groups in London and the south of England. Soraya is an elected member of the Society of Floral Painters. In July 2005 she was named the Artist of The Year by Society for All Artists at the Artist & Illustrator's show in London. She contributes articles to The Artist and Artists & Illustrator's magazines.