Career

ETCHINGS BY SALLY SORENSON

I have been a printmaker for over 30 years, and although I have worked in all the variations of printmaking, it is basic etching that I continue to focus on. It is the medium that seems to fall most naturally into my hands.   I have a portfolio of over 60 etchings; they represent a wide range of interests. The subjects I have chosen for my artwork, which includes colored pencil drawings and acrylic paintings, have always been quite varied.

 

In creating an etching, the next print may be a scene that interests me, or a subject I find to be visually unusual. My prints might make a subtle commentary or portray a familiar landscape. Quite often an idea for an image just comes to my mind unexpectedly.   Rather that ‘rein in’ all these ideas, I tend to trust my instincts, grab that latest idea and decide how I will proceed to make it into a print. A strong idea usually translates into a successful image.

 

Moving these subjects from an idea all the way to printing is a relatively direct process for me. I might draw the image directly on a plate with very little pre-planning or sketching. But, if the idea lends itself to a more complicated process, more planning will come first. The resulting final print might still be a long exploratory process, with unexpected problems to solve. It is a medium that requires a relaxed patience.

 

Over the past few years, I have been exploring related processes to create more complex prints. A recent interest has been monoprints, which combine various types of printmaking  to create a final artwork.  I have recently “retired” from creating woodcuts and block prints.

 

I try to remain loosely structured in my approach to printmaking, because the technical skills required could easily overwhelm the spontaneity we all want to have in creating art.    



Resume' (selected)

Education:

 

1976: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree~ University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

           Major: Printmaking

1974 - 1976: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

1971 - 1974: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

  

Selected Artist:

2006 CowParade ~ Wisconsin     “MOOn Over Madison”                Madison,WI

Lion King Extravaganza 2007       “Lion With The Blues” 

     Appleton, WI

Lion King Extravaganza 2007     “The Sharp Dressed Lion”

       Appleton, WI

 

Other Accomplishments:

  Feature Article: Etchings by Sally Sorenson

Barron Electric Monthly News Release August 2014

  Feature Article: Etchings by Sally Sorenson  "The Fine Art of Skiing"   Cross Country Skiier Magazine. January 2011

   Book Illustration –  2002  “Silk Clouds, Velvet Dreams”

by Ray Hursh

   Book Illustration – 1999   “ We Are Guests”  by Ted Berkland

   Mural Design & Installation    Memorial Hospital, Spooner WI

   Logo Design –  Spooner Veterinary Clinic,       Spooner, WI

  

1984 – 2000

   ~Owner~Sally Sorenson Art Studio &Gallery, Springbrook WI