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Linda Sorensen

Personal background:

Linda L. Sorensen was born on March 3, 1945 in Eureka, California, and her maiden name was Linda Louise Larsen. She then lived in Chicago and nearby cities through grade school, and in Summit, New Jersey, and then Elmhurst, Illinois, during junior high and high school. After the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she moved to Berkeley, California, in 1967. She now lives in Bodega Bay, which is North of San Francisco.

Linda was always drawing, from her earliest years, and she remembers getting caught at it in academic classes - sketching the people around her. In her younger years she painted with water-based media in a realistic vein. She began oil painting in high school, moving from abstract-influenced landscapes into colorful abstract expressionism. One of her paintings, Slide, was included in a juried exhibition at the University of Wisconsin (circa 1964) while she was an undergraduate there. (A few of her abstract paintings including "Slide" from the 60's and 70's are pictured below.)

Linda Sorensen Pan in Studio
Linda Sorensen at work in her Graton studio.
to the right,
'60s and '70s abstracts

Linda Sorensen Tree Legend
Tree Legend
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40

Oil on canvasboard, 20 x 16
1964, Juried Exhibition
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Linda continued painting while employed at UC Berkeley. She was admitted to Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley in 1973 for one of the first classes with a high percentage of women, the Class of 1976, and was a San Francisco business litigation attorney for 40 years. Linda resumed her personal focus on oil painting in 2008, but this time landscape painting captured her enhusiasm and vision.

Linda lives with her husband Dan Rohlfing in Bodega Bay, California, and with him owns Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, the fine art gallery that specializes in Early California Art but also shows local artists. She paints principally on the Northern Coast of California, including Sonoma and Marin Counties, and also takes her paints to Hawaii and the Southwest and Northwest. She has studied with Camille Przewodek, and taken workshops with Jeannette LeGrue and J. Thomas Soltesz. Not to mention the numerous deservedly famous California and American artists of the past whose work she associates with on a daily basis.

Artist's statement:

Linda crafts modestly magical landscapes with a modernist vision that is bold, bright, stylizd and simplified, and typically has underlying abstract origins. She seeks to capture the depth and vibrancy of a scene as if the viewer were soaring over it and participating in the joy of the universe. Clouds are a signature feature, and there will often be some participant in the scene from the animal world.

Linda's work alludes to Regionalism's bold designs. She is also most inspired by Taos' Ernest Martin Hennings 1886-1956, Iowa's Marvin Cone 1891-1964, Missouri's Thomas Hart Benton 1889-1964, and among California painters Ray Strong 1905-2006. She collects John Appleton Brown (Boston, Maine 1844-1902), Arthur Merton Hazard (Boston, Los Angeles 1872-1930), and Joshua Lawrence Meador (La Crescenta, Carmel Highlands, Caspar 1911-1965).


Exhibitions and Galleries:

1964, University of Wisconsin, juried.

2010, Bodega Bay Post Office, solo.
2010, Bodega Post Office, solo.
2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 Bodega Bay Fishermens Festival, local artists tent.
2011, 2016 Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, solo.
2009, 2013, Local Color Artist Gallery, solo.
2014, 2015, 2016 Art at the Source.
2016 Sonoma County Art Trails.

Represented by:
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
1785 Coast Highway One
(location subject to change)
Bodega Bay.
707-875-2911 / BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com