September 4-7, 2013 Wednesday – Saturday
Cost for this 4-day workshop: Members – $450, Non-members – $475
$100 deposit required to reserve spot in workshop
Jack says, ‘I want to teach how to paint more from the heart and less from the reference photos. I believe there’s a great and totally original one-of-a-kind artist in each of us, if we’ll only let that originality out.‘
Texas artist Jack Sorenson has spent his entire life on and around horses, a fact which has contributed tremendously to his authentic depiction of these magnificent creatures. Attention to detail and strong story lines also characterize his work. Sorenson grew up living the scenes of the Wild West that he now paints. As a kid on his father’s dude ranch and frontier town on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon, his various jobs included gunfighter and stagecoach driver. Later, he moved on to breaking horses, which he continued to do after his marriage and while he began to paint more seriously. “I’ve known all my life that l was going to be an artist,” he says. ”It’s like a preacher being called – it’s what I’m supposed to do.” After his first one—man show sold out, Sorenson opted for painting full time.
Sorenson’s sense of humor is often evident in his paintings of children, cowboys, and horses. “l believe great paintings should tell a story they should involve the viewer. So much of Western art today is basically a cowboy or Indian riding through a Western landscape. We have the opportunity as artists to do so much more. l think that even a painting’s title should help tell the story.”
Jack Sorenson has been a professional artist for twenty-four years and his paintings have been used as covers for more than a dozen Western magazines. He is one of the best-selling artists for Leanin’ Tree Christmas & Greeting Cards. Warner Brothers recently used Sorenson’s painting of the Palo Duro Canyon as the cover of The Log of a Cowboy, an audio literature cassette by Michael Martin Murphey.
Four decades into his career, the artist believes God has blessed him beyond measure. “l‘m in exactly the right spot at exactly the right time, and I’m doing exactly what God wants me to do. You can’t ask for more than that.”