My art addiction struck relatively late in life. At the age of 36, I was on sabbatical leave from my job as a Professor of Social Psychology at California State University, Fresno. The sabbatical entailed a year-long backpacking trip literally around the world to gather data for a book I was writing on cross-cultural psychology. Anticipating plenty of solitary downtime, I brought along a how-to-draw book and a sketch pad. I’ve been hooked ever since.
I have been sculpting and painting for the last twenty years. What I experience when working with artistic media has always felt very different from what I experience in my verbal worlds of teaching and writing about psychology. I suppose, though, that an outsider (some psychologist, no doubt) might surmise that my art work focuses on much of the same subject matter as does my social psychology. Both themes draw inspiration from my interest in other cultures, other religions, and simply different ways of seeing. I’ve come to realize, in fact, that these two ways of seeing—one verbal, the other visual—feed off each other. They energize each other. I write about this in my upcoming book on the self.
One thing I can say with certainty is that my artwork allows me to study the world I see with a freedom from words and numbers that I find liberating And, when it works, it is exhilarating.
I do both paintings and sculpture. My work can be seen at the Chris Sorensen Studio, 2205 S. Van Ness in Fresno or by appointment.
Samples from the Mandala series:
Paintings (Gouache, pastel and/or pencil)
Three dimensional works (steel, copper, brass patinas and/or wood)
Metal with LCD lights
Pastels and Paintings
Robert V. Levine
Professor of Psychology
Social Psychology writer, speaker, consultant