A Peaceable Kingdom is on display through January 5, 2019
Opening and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm in THE GALLERY
Here’s what I’m looking at every day:
the view from my couch
the view out my studio window
trees and lakes and
there is so much green out there
what it looks like at the beach
people in bathing suits
what they wear
the way they move
the many ways of sitting on a chair
or in a chair
and of course animals.
It’s a Peaceable Kingdom...
These paintings have all been done this year, but many of the canvases and panels are recycled relics from my artistic past. I painted over old paintings. I like the way doing this makes layers, makes history. I like the way doing this lends soul.
For years I’ve been painting dogs and cats and (sometimes) people. I’ve also kept sketchbooks of my daily life. With this Peaceable Kingdom in mind I’ve been able to combine the two and produce a whole new body of work.
When you start a painting you never know what you’re going to end up with. When I’m painting, I feel like a novice. I love to paint. It reminds me of what it felt like when I was a kid and I played in the dollhouse and made a world of my own happen.
I went to art school in Philadelphia, the city of my birth. I studied fabric design there and tapestry weaving, and got into outsider art and working on a loom. I wove tapestries filled with strange primitive animals.
Time passed and over the years I ended up working in many art (and non-art) related jobs. I worked as a bookbinder and a graphic designer. I designed window displays. But I wanted to be a self supporting artist and so I started my own greeting card business, Anne Made Cards. I learned a lot about painting from making all those cards. This led to publishing two children’s books with Harper Collins: Bud and Gabby
and No Dogs Allowed.
I live and work in Barre. The four big windows in my garage studio were put there by a previous owner—a granite sculptor who was noted for his angels.