---Research & Development
After finishing my BFA in Drawing and Printmaking, I found myself without a press and so began teaching myself to paint. The first paintings I did were very large-scale faces, conceived as a group with the intent to show them together. I had a lot of success with that series. It led to some portrait commissions, which I enjoy, but I felt like I always relied too much on “luck” or “talent.” I realized later that this was intuition.
While academic technique and training is indispensable to the illusionary aspects of my work, I don’t feel that a painting is truly complete until I’ve reached the point where academic training leaves off and instinct takes over. My best work is characterized by a harmony between my academic training and intuition; these paintings paint themselves.
My goal is to tell my own story using the most classic and understandable of techniques. I paint with my fingers, feeling out the fleshy contours of familiar faces. My portraits are often dark and moody, rarely facing the viewer eye-to-eye. My self-portraits, however, confront the viewer as the “iconic heroine” of the body of work. While each painting is essentially a reflection of myself, I hope to connect the studio and the soul in a way that speaks honestly of what it is to be human.
Annie's Art and Frame
2212 NW Market Street