Artist Ed Zorensky

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At Penn I majored in English and minored in Art:  words and images. I studied drawing with Neil Welliver and photography with Michael Smith.  Intent on capturing light in ‘plein air,’ I chased it with a view camera across southern Maine and the Piedmont hills of North Carolina. My work showed in local galleries and at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Winston Salem. 
I moved West to a earn a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at The University of Denver.  I spent my free time in the art department, exploring life drawing and intaglio printmaking. For the next few decades I wrote and produced for print, radio and television.  I continued to draw and paint, studying with a host of realist masters.  Today my work is represented in galleries and private collections across the country.
My paintings begin with  sketches in graphite, oil, gouache, or acrylic.  In studio they expand into larger formats in oil, or egg tempera on panel. The imagery reflects some of the tonal nuance and abstraction that first drew me to black-and-white photography.  It explores the tension between two and three dimensions, observational and abstract, color and value.  The result is an array of marks that depict the lyric impact of sunlight moving through space. 
For four decades I have lived in Colorado and now New Mexico.  I spend a part of each summer in southern Maine.  Light's vernacular can be very local. But whether it's the backlit glare on a Maine lake or the sun against the flanks of a Midwestern barn, painting is still about finding clarity in everyday subjects.  It's about creating images that reach beyond word and thought to a poetic sense of place and moment.
Thanks for looking.
Ed Zorensky
Selected Shows
2018       Rocky Mountain National Water Media Show, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO 
                 Winter is Coming, Framed [...]

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