Sorensen describes her work as “exaggerated realism”, where the colors, scale, contrast and lighting are pushed just beyond reality. Her popular still lifes evoke the beauty of nature, and then heighten it with vibrant colors, brilliant light and dancing shadows. Ora’s laborious method of oil painting uses many layers of thin transparent oil paint to give a deep jewel like glow to the surfaces of the painting’s subject matter.
Sorensen was born in New York but grew up overseas in such countries as Libya, Turkey, Iran, Holland and Thailand. Throughout her travels, Ora spent a lot of time drawing and painting as a child, taking workshops from artists all over the world.
Her paintings have been shown in many exhibitions over the past decade in galleries, as well as The Ritter Museum at Florida Atlantic University and The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
Some of Ora’s projects include a commission for the Cleveland Clinic in Naples, Florida as well as five commissioned paintings for the lobby of the new Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ora also contributes regularly as a columnist to the The Artist’s Magazine, which showcases the best artist working today. Her articles feature her vibrant paintings long with painting tips and instructions.
Sorensen has served on the Board of Directors on The Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, located in Delray Beach Florida. She has also served as a juror for the All Florida Exhibit, and for the Women in Visual Arts.