Sondra Dorn, mixed-media artist, lives and works in Weaverville, North Carolina.  She has been a working artist since her days as a Penland CORE fellow in 1992.

After completing her BFA and MFA, Sondra completed Artist in Residencies at Penland School and Arrowmont School.

Sondra blends her passion for close observation of the landscape and small fragments of natural objects with photography, comp\ter graphics, drawing, painting and collage. Her evolution into her current work, mixed media paintings on panel, evolves from her roots in textile art where she grew to love material and process and careful attention to detail.

Her work is shown in multiple galleries and has received multiple commissions, grants and awards. 

Artist Statement

I am inspired by patterns and compositions found in nature.

Always searching for patterns and compositions in the world around me I surround myself with ever changing collected bits of visual information…photos of the landscape, tree bark, leaves and lichen.

By comparing and contrasting microscopic and macro views and the connections between them, I am seeking to describe the visual relationships between minute details of natural objects and views of distant topographies.

To create my work, I use everything I have ever learned as a working artist for the past 30 years, combining traditional craft and art techniques and materials – paper, fabric wood; pencils, ink and paint - with contemporary digital image manipulation and reproduction.

I like to think of my pieces as small windows; selected observations of the beautiful world we live in.

Inside the Mountainside
Wall in Tuscany