Eric Sorensen, Watercolors
Eric Sorensen, originally a house painter from San Francisco, put away his rollers four years ago, and has created a watercolor collection of both architechture and ocean scenes, created mostly with his left, non-dominant hand. Many pieces depict city settings surrounded by buildings, nature, or waves of a familiar beach. Though the colors are cheery and the subject appears quaint at times, Eric warps reality, offering a dizzying, woozy effect while being taken into the paintings.
Artist Statement: "My name is Eric Sorensen; I'm an outsider artist working in watercolors. I started painting seriously in 2002 after wrist surgery on my dominant right hand. After a few weeks of painting with my left hand it felt very natural, and now, despite a full recovery of my right wrist, I still use my left hand for most of my work.
I've found a look of motion and texture in watercolor that I haven't found in other media. I avoid the traditional transparent look of watercolor in favor of deep, rich colors.
A turn in subject matter came when I was invited to paint a book cover for License to Harass by Dr. Laura Beth Nielsen. She asked for a threatening night-time street scene. My teen years on the bus in San Francisco South of Market came to mind and served as the inspiration for the painting that eventually became the cover of the book, The Long Walk Home. San Francisco street scenes are still among my favorite subjects, as well as trees, fish, and waves, of course.
I look at my paintings as suggestions more than statements. I want the viewer to be caught and kept by filling in their own blanks, and finding their own meaning. I don't want to spell it all out, and leave you nothing to find the next time you look."
Eric sells originals and glossy reproductions, selecting from his favorites and offering a Print of the Month. www.espwave.com