M’Lou McCurdy Sorrin was born in Woodward, OK in 1946 where she began her career as a nurse and entered the United States Army Nurse Corps. After returning from Vietnam in 1969, she met and married Bruce Sorrin and raised her three children near Woodstock, New York.
She took a workshop at the Woodstock School of Art with Richard McDaniel and discovered the richness and beauty of pastel as a vehicle for her artistic expression. Her natural ability was enhanced through workshops with Elizabeth Mowry, Albert Handell, Rosalie Nadeau, Carol Garvey and John DiMestico. She has since expanded her artistic horizons to include both oil and acrylic mediums.
M’Lou has exhibited in numerous one and two-person shows, in national and international exhibitions, and has received many awards for her paintings. She has also exhibited with the group “21 in Truro” across Cape Cod and beyond and in several art museums. Her works are in private collections across the country as well as in the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.
M’Lou is also a writer and poet. Her poetry was included in Visions of War/Dreams of Peace published by Warner Books and her writing and art appear in Vietnam--Reflexes and Reflections published by Harry Abrams. Her art is also included in Nursing the Finest Art, An Illistrated History by M. Patricia Donahue, PhD, RN, FAAN.