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Photo by Lori Sortino

Featured Artist: Lori Sortino

Month of January

For the month of Jan­u­ary, artist Lori Sorti­no will be dis­play­ing her pieces in the Events Gallery. Stop by the Tast­ing Room to sam­ple some Dam Fine Wine and view these breath­tak­ing works of art. Open for view­ing dai­ly from 10am‑5:30pm.

Lori has cho­sen to show a lit­tle of all of her cur­rent work here at Cas­toro. Aside from her paint­ings, the bulk of her work is pho­tog­ra­phy. Her cur­rent focus’ with pho­tog­ra­phy are: hors­es, action, land­scapes, por­traits, and cer­e­mo­ni­al events.

Her paint­ings are from her Paint­ing with your Muse’ series, which is a paint­ing style inspired by Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Jodi Bog­a­rt. Lori fell in love with this style at her first work­shop with Jodi in 2013. When the paint­ing is cre­at­ed, there is no pre-plan­ning. Every­thing that goes on the can­vas comes from the muse with­in, in the moment, and the paint­ing lit­er­al­ly emerges to the artist through the process. When done, the name reveals itself, and then the mean­ing or mes­sages come through by sit­ting with the paint­ing, usu­al­ly with­in a day or so. 

The Equine series has a sto­ry behind it. Lori saw a friend’s post on face­book one day, full of pho­tos of wild hors­es. He had tak­en a trip to Neva­da and had pho­tographed wild hors­es. Some­thing inside her imme­di­ate­ly knew she HAD to do this some­day. It went on her buck­et list. In Decem­ber 2017, Lori was clip­ping pho­tos out of mag­a­zines for col­lage work and she noticed an arti­cle about a Wild Horse Sanc­tu­ary in Lom­poc and San Luis Obis­po. It caught her eye and she put the arti­cle on the fridge.

Around April 2018, she final­ly took the arti­cle out from under that mag­net and went to the inter­net to look up this Wild Horse Sanc­tu­ary: Return to Free­dom*. She found a week long pho­to safari led by world renowned equine pho­tog­ra­ph­er Tony Stromberg and was able to join this excur­sion June 25 – 29, 2018. The pho­tographs you see hang­ing in this show are from that week. Lori came home with over 10,000 images. Go to her web site www​.essence​cap​tured​.com and sign up for the newslet­ter to see the new horse image released each month. 

Lori enjoys action pho­tog­ra­phy with the hors­es, dogs, and also with peo­ple, such as par­tic­i­pants in Marathons, Triathlons, and cycling events. She loves to cap­ture images at spe­cial events, such as the Long Dance Cer­e­mo­ny, which has been held local­ly for 28 years. She loves to trav­el and pho­to­graph beau­ti­ful land­scapes and nature, and has nat­u­ral­ly pho­tographed our Cal­i­for­nia cen­tral coast.