Sorrel graduated in 1994 from University of Ulster with a BA(hons) in Fine Craft Design. After several years as a ceramic artist, making fine bone china in her Belfast studio, she took a break from her artistic pursuits to start a family in 2000, and later worked in interior design. In 2014 Sorrel re-kindled her love of art and began painting again. She is the current President of Ulster Society of Women Artists. She has won an award at two of their exhibitions in 3 years of membership. She has had 6 solo exhibitions, sells her art in local galleries, fulfills commissions and teaches drawing and painting skills to adults through art groups and short courses.
One of Sorrel’s passions in painting is to capture the effects of sunlight. This is especially dear to her, as she grew up in the South of England where there is more of it. However, Northern Ireland is hard to beat for beauty when the sun shines there too. So, she revels in portraying it when it is here. Textures and effects of oil paint are important to her, often created using palette knives. They leave a history of the life of the painting’s construction behind them, so one feels more clearly the workings and thoughts of the artist – especially viewing the work close-up, then when stepping away, the painting remains representational. She also explores effects of colour to convey emotions outside of considering tonal values alone. www.sorrelwillsart.com
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