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Daniel Jared Sorensen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Idaho. He developed his passion for painting through drawing from observation and painting from life. He has refined his ability to capture the world around him and attempts to capture a likeness of the subject while employing quality and craftsmanship as a vehicle of exploration. The structure of representational realism challenges and motivates him to continually improve his observational and perceptional abilities and conceptual development. He finds that the composition, inspired by the subject and combined with brush and canvas, reflects the personality and character of the subject, the viewer, and himself.

Artist Statement

My work challenges the viewer's understanding of human interaction. I take away the tools of emotional interpretation by removing facial cues and dare the viewer to pursue emotional exploration or specific appraisal of personality. My work simultaneously invites and dismisses interactive engagement by means of the two dimensional surface which locks the moment and denies escape for the viewer.

Rather than assigner of concept, I am a facilitator for meaning. I put the responsibility of extracting significance upon the viewer as a challenge to look introspectively and uncover personal meaning. I set the stage, and I control the interaction, but the viewer finishes the work and adds the content. I provide only enough information for the viewer to fill in the gaps and create their own meaning or story. Other than my personal interpretation of the subject, my paintings do not themselves contain a particular idea, but are instead designed to promote individual application. Thus the viewer is able to see both what I see and what I don't see.

That a certain pose, composition, or lighting causes a person to feel any particular way about my work reveals that individual's unique perspective, biases, and distortions of perception that change only the observation of the work. During this process the painting itself remains unchanged and individually significant to someone else. I press the viewer to internalize their understanding of human connection and learn something new about the way they view the world that they may discover more about themselves than the work.