Loren Senge started cutting pasting, coloring, and carving as a child.
She had an excellent high school art teacher, Cliff Hooper, who treated
his class to a broad and exciting introduction to the world of art.
Here, Loren first realized that her childhood dabbling and love for
color had a much larger possibility.
In college, Loren studied to earn a degree in studio
art. This gave her a wonderful foundation and experience with various
media including oils, acrylic, and water color painting, drawing, 3-dimensional
design, pottery, metal-smithing, silk screen printing, and mold making.
Fabulous instructors at Principia College, Glenn and Judy Felch, and
Jim Schmidt opened her abilities and encouraged confidence in her own
creative ability. As always, color was the leading element that intrigued
Loren and motivated her work.
Later she worked with a graphic artist, Jim Tucker, from 20/20 graphics
in Kent, Ohio and took courses in graphic design, printmaking and photography,
planning to create a career in this field. She also spent 7 years devoted
to painting, showing, and marketing her own geometric acrylic paintings,
which were chiefly about color.
She went to work as a carpenter, starting her own business
and working as a building contractor for many years.
During that time she participated in a program called
“The Road Less Graveled” at the Bellingham Technical College
in Bellingham, WA. Here, women in the trades encouraged other women
to try their hand at a trade. During a lull in a hands-on session, Loren
walked over to the welding station and tried out the wire feed welder
that was being demonstrated. This was such fun that she took classes
to learn more of the welding, grinding, and cutting techniques necessary
for creating art with steel. Soon she was visiting blacksmiths and taking
classes from them also.
Now Loren has a small studio with a crane, an air hammer,
a gas forge, welders, plasma cutter, fuel gas cutting rig and much more.
She is most grateful to have her own facility for creating sculptures.
She loves being outdoors and gathers her inspiration
from the hikes, kayak trips, surfing, and bicycling she so enjoys.
Loren's Thoughts on Functional Art
The obvious function of metal sculpture might be to hang a hat, a pan,
a coat, or to sit upon. Other functions may be the visual inspiration
the art provides that acts as a doorway to higher dimensions of color,
of robust life, of a perpetual moment that extends one long slow thought
of creativity into eternity. Consider how visually captured moments
can carry entry into ultimate freedom from mortality? Now that is truly
Loren is ever grateful for her friends and family, including:
Dana Senge, Matt Brown, Alice Drabik, Ron and Ruth Graser, Ed and Eleanor
Drabik, Maggi Kriger, Kaia Klitzke, Rodger Melton, Jere’ and Myles
Donnelly, Pam Hom, Mary Kuebelbeck, Barry and Maryann Hochsprung, Barry
Herem, David Christenson, George Duly, Brian Pedersen, Rick Leason,
Paul Thorne, Joel Lee, Dennis Dendren, and Peter James, as well as many
other students and teachers, suppliers, carpenters, advisors, artists
and consultants, who have taught, acted as inspiration, and encouraged
Loren as she progressed in this realm of her art career. Various galleries
have shown her work. The Phinney Art Center in Seattle, WA; Amenities
Gallery in LaConner, WA; Stone and Clay, Pacific Marine Gallery, Bellingham
Public Library, and Hammon’s Gallery in Bellingham, WA; Dragonfire
Gallery in Cannon Beach, OR. For these opportunities to show and sell
her pieces, Loren will forever be most grateful. She also is grateful
for the clients who have purchased art, giving Loren the opportunity
to buy the equipment she needs: John Wiggins, Jan Brumfield, Kelly
Britz, Nancy Neuerburg, Jerry Thon, Wayne Laufer, Dee Poulsen, Ann Sammons,
Mary Gray, Diana Mills, Scott and Molly Forstall, Dick Opsahl, Larry
Antil, Steve Graser, and many, many more.