JACK SORENSON

Western Art

Though born in 1954, Jack Sorenson grew up living the Old West lifestyle that he now depicts in his work. Coming of age living and working at Six Gun City, a dude ranch and frontier town in the style of the Old West situated on the rim of the Palo Duro Canyon and owned by his father, Sorenson was deeply embedded with a love for the stories and imagery that characterized the Old West, and which continues to motivate him to this day. Whereas other teenagers spent their adolescence working in retail or fast food, Sorenson worked as a stagecoach driver, a performance gunfighter, and a horse trainer. A naturally gifted artist since childhood, Sorenson began painting full-time in 1974. After his first one-man show sold out that same year, Sorenson committed himself to a career in art and never looked back.

Jack Sorenson's work has been featured on the covers of more than five dozen western magazines, including Western Horseman, Beef, The Cattleman, The Quarter Horse Journal, and Today's Horse, and feature articles on his work have been published in Southwest Art, Persimmon Hill, Western Horseman and Western Art Collector, among many others. In 1996, Sorenson 's work was picked up by Leanin' Tree Greeting Card Company and he is today one of their best selling artists. In addition, his paintings have been licensed for prints, jig-saw puzzles, and wall hangings.

 

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COW COUNTRY
Cow Country
THE THINKER
The Thinker
BY HISSELF
By Hisself
Cattle Call
Cattle Call
The Arroyo
The Arroyo
Afternoon Snooze
Afternoon Snooze
Ambush
Ambush
American Pride
American Pride
Winds of Change
Winds of Change
Beginning to Look
Beginning to Look
Best of Times
Best of Times
Bringing Home the Tree
Bringing Home the Tree
Buck in Midstream
Buck in Midstream
Buck Near Waterfall
Buck Near Waterfall
Cantina
Cantina
Christmas Wishes
Christmas Wishes
Cold War
Cold War
Cold Water Falling Leaves
Cold Water Falling Leaves
Colored Clay and Quarterhorse
Colored Clay and Quarterhorse
Cowboy Christmas
Cowboy Christmas
Daddys Shadow
Daddys Shadow
Flowers for Mama
Flowers for Mama
Flying Kite with Friends
Flying Kite with Friends
Forced Entry
Forced Entry
Gift Horse
Gift Horse
Golden Memories
Golden Memories
Gonna Be In Trouble
Gonna Be In Trouble
Good Book
Good Book
Goodnights Legacy
Goodnights Legacy
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
Grandpas Pumpkins
Grandpas Pumpkins
Hard to Get To
Hard to Get To
Here Comes Santa
Here Comes Santa
Horse and Colt
Horse and Colt
Horse and Foal
Horse and Foal
Horse Whittler
Horse Whittler
Into the Draw
Into the Draw
Into the High Lonesome
Into the High Lonesome
Kickin Up Dust
Kickin Up Dust
Ladies First
Ladies First
Last of the Wild Ones
Last of the Wild Ones
Lighting in the Sky
Lighting in the Sky
Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls
Lookouts
Lookouts
Lure of the Rockies
Lure of the Rockies
Made in the Saddle
Made in the Saddle
Missionary
Missionary
On the Canyon Floor
On the Canyon Floor
River Breaks Bunch
River Breaks Bunch
Rocky Mountain Deer
Rocky Mountain Deer

Rocky Mountain Peaks
Sage Advice
Sage Advice
Scout in the Canyon Below
Scout in the Canyon Below
Shallow Bend
Shallow Bend
Short Cut
Short Cut
Sun Burn
Sun Burn

The Bay Filly
The Horse Thief
The Horse Thief
Thunder of White Water
Thunder of White Water
Two Stayed Late
Two Stayed Late
Watched
Watched
Western Landscape
Western Landscape
When All That Glitters
When All That Glitters
Word of the Lord
Word of the Lord
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Recognizing the warm and homespun nature of Sorenson's work, Harvest House Publishing has released two books featuring Sorenson's paintings, Everything I Know I Learned From My Grandpa in 2006, and Growing Up Cowboy in 2008. In July of 2009, the Texas Legislature passed a resolution to honor Sorenson "for his professional achievements and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness." Today, Sorenson has been immortalized in the same Palo Duro Canyon that was so inspirational to him and instrumental in his development as an artist, by naming in his honor a peak frequently depicted in his artwork- Sorenson Point.

Sorenson's sense of humor is often evident in his paintings of children, cowboys, and horses. He sees himself as a story-teller. "I think great paintings should tell a story, should involve the viewer. So much of Western Art today depicts a cowboy or Indian riding across a landscape. I think we as Western Artists have the opportunity to do so much more."

Four decades into his career, the artist believes God has blessed him beyond measure. "I'm in exactly the right spot at exactly the right time, and I'm doing exactly what God wants me to do. You can't ask for more than that."