Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of four new artists. Sculptor Susan Norris and still-life painter Lisa Danielle will show in Santa Fe. Silversmith Lawrence Baca and Western painter Jim Rey will show in Durango. These four artists have earned local, national and international attention for their ability to transform ideas into wearable designs, compelling imagery, and whimsical figures.
[caption id="attachment_2365" align="aligncenter" width="307"] Hamish McSmug by Susan Norris[/caption]
Susan Norris' career began with charcoal and pencil drawings but soon included watercolor, acrylic, and oils. In the early 90s, she received her first bronze commission, opening a new avenue of artistic expression for her. Besides creating monumental, life-size and smaller bronze sculptures, Norris also works with ceramic clay, creating one-of-a-kind animal figures. The final sculpture is unique and “a little unpredictable … which is what makes them so interesting!”
[caption id="attachment_2374" align="aligncenter" width="316"] Hopi Wedding Vase by Lisa Danielle[/caption]
Lisa Danielle has been painting intimate ‘portraits’ of life in the historic Old West for over 30 years. Working almost exclusively in acrylics, her inspired, deeply researched, still-life paintings, captivate with their emphasis on “life.” “My paintings' design connects the viewer to what other hands created in beauty … decades ago. So fascinating a study is this, really a study of our collective aesthetic, it is worth a lifetime of exploring in paint.”
[caption id="attachment_2381" align="aligncenter" width="284"] Moonstone Flower Pendant by Lawrence Baca[/caption]
Lawrence Baca is a multi-talented, award-winning jewelry designer, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His design inspiration is defined by the strong Hispanic and Native American cultural influences, captivating collectors for the last 25 years. Staying open to the dynamic nature of what is in his hand, at that moment, he stays flexible, avoiding following a rigid, set path. “Nothing is perfectly symmetrical, but it is all so beautiful.”
Jim Rey’s keen interest in ranch life was fueled by his grandfather and uncle, both cattle ranchers in Northern California. Although his subject matter primarily focuses on the equine, Rey often paints the cowboy. His authentic portrayal of ranching life comes from either his own memories or from spending time at various ranch and landscape locations around his home in Durango, Colorado. “I’ve seen what hard work and diligence does, both in art and on the range.”
Owner Shanan Campbell Wells is proud to welcome these four artists to the gallery. “Art possesses a powerful ability to create connections. And new artists always initiate new and meaningful connections with more and more people.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows both new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM in 2014. Representing several acclaimed and renowned painters, sculptors and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.