In 2008, self-taught Danish artist Winie Sørensen visited Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, as well as Montana. Captivated by the smoky, colorful landscape – a landscape unlike any landscape to be found in Denmark – Sørensen walked around taking pictures of the boiling and bubbling ‘watering holes’ where the chemicals in the earth’s core mixed the most incredible and unreal color combinations. This experience inspired her to develop a new style of painting where she combined many painting techniques, resulting in a unique expression that was both lean and yet also textural. It is a slow painting process with many layers of structural mass and paint. In her figurative and abstract paintings, acrylic is Sørensen’s medium of choice, believing that it suits her temperament best. She paints it onto either linen or cotton canvas, incorporating different kinds of materials. Sørensen regards painting as a spiritual process and one that she cannot resist. She is in tune with all her inner emotions when she paints, leaving her heart in the core of each of her artworks. The heart, she argues, contains everything and is the centre of one’s own consciousness, the home of one’s soul, one’s DNA and one’s truth. It is, and can do, many things and therefore is nature’s greatest work of art.
Sørensen discovered her passion for drawing and painting as a young child and, in 1990, began taking painting lessons from the award-winning artist Håkan Nyström, who remains a mentor and influence to this day. She has also participated in a variety of drawing and painting courses, including at the Royal Academy of Drawing & Design and the Danish Royal Theater. She has been selling paintings and exhibiting throughout Denmark since 2009.