Sorrel studied theater, French and the arts at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California, and illustration and fine arts at the San Francisco Academy of Art. She restored lace and vintage clothing at Lacis in Berkeley before leaving for Europe in 1999 in search of a more fulfilling education in oil painting. She has since studied at the the Wells College program in Paris, the Sorbonne University, the Lorenzo di Medici school in Florence, and privately under professor I. Razdrogin of the Fine Arts School of St. Petersburg, as well as pursuing independent work as a copyist at the Louvre museum. Her other areas of study have included Czech marionette making, miniature portraits on ivory, butoh, historical costume construction, corset making, medical anatomy, theatrical makeup, period hair styling, printmaking, ballroom dancing, French and Italian art history and wax-casting.
Sorrel has illustrated several books and her oil paintings have been featured in the Dealer de Luxe magazine (France), and in the Salon d'Art Contemporain in Paris. Her work as a copyist has appeared on the cover of the Smithsonian magazine (USA), as well as in Vogue magazine (Italy), Paris Match (France), and the book "Les Copistes du Louvre" by Eric Sander.
She currently travels between Northern California and her home in Paris, where she paints portraits and and throws notorious costume parties. She kicks up her heels at historical balls and at the Carnival in Venice.