Featured Artist – Eileen Sorg
Q & A
Q: Why did you start doing what you do?
A: I don’t remember a time before drawing, it’s something I have always done. I jumped to art full-time in 2008 when a book publisher asked me to write a how-to book on colored pencils and it seemed like a sign that I was meant to go in this direction and see where it led. I am still very grateful for that opportunity and for all it has subsequently brought my way.
Q: What makes you different from others in your field?
A: I like to think that the narrative woven into my drawings are what make them unique to me. Technique is something learned but what is expressed with that knowledge is the individual story that the artist wishes to tell.
Q: What are your biggest influences?
A: Artistically I find inspiration from a myriad of artists. Rembrandt for his mastery of light and Norman Rockwell for his infinite ability to tell a relatable story (not to mention his unbelievable skill as a painter). Nature is also a major influence in my work, providing an endless source of subject matter and personalities to portray.
Q: Does your work comment on current social or political issues?
A: Not directly, but my work often conveys the message of cooperation and working together to overcome large obstacles. Given the current state of the World, the notion of unity and working together towards a common goal feels especially apropos.
Q: Where would you like to go next?
A: I am definitely entertaining the idea of illustrating a children’s book, either for an established publishing house or creating my own limited-edition picture book.