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.
1976: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree~ University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
1974 - 1976: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
1971 - 1974: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2006 CowParade ~ Wisconsin “MOOn Over Madison” Madison,WI
Lion King Extravaganza 2007 “Lion With The Blues”
Lion King Extravaganza 2007 “The Sharp Dressed Lion”
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