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Winter Studio Tour artist profile: Eileen Sorg

'Rockin' Robin' by Eileen Sorg.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

Eileen Sorg of Two Dog Studio is one of more than 60 artists who will be participating in the Winter Studio Tour as the tour celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

The free, self-guided tour is Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and local artists will showcase their work in nine local artists’ studios and community halls. There will also be a free raffle for a basket of art at each studio.

The studios are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days, with live music provided by regional musicians and carolers. Each studio will be festively adorned for the holiday season, and full of hand-crafted artwork.

Artist profile:

Eileen Sorg, Two Dog Studio



Sorg was born in Seattle, and still lives and works overlooking Hood Canal.

As with most Northwesterners, she has a keen interest and respect for the natural landscape and its wild inhabitants. With her degree in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and subsequent time spent studying birds and mammals as a biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, she has now returned to art with a bit of the scientist still in tow.

The artist said she enjoys exploring her subjects and seeking out the minutest details to express in her work. Her drawings have been likened to “photographs” but she is quick to point out that her pieces are less about detail and more about the subject’s essence and vitality.

“With my current work I am seeking to capture the playful, sometimes mischievous side of my subjects, catching them in the act of behaving unexpectedly,” she said.

Her primary medium is currently colored pencil, with ink, pastel, and watercolor applied for added depth.

“Primarily, I am a draftsman rather than a painter," she explained. "I am most comfortable with a pencil in my hand, languishing over all the tiny changes in tone and hue.”

The pencil work is essential for breathing life into her subjects and creating softness.

For complete details on the Winter Studio Tour, including a list of studios, artists, photos, and a map, go to the studio tour website at

Brochures can be downloaded from the website, or found at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and regional stores.

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