Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the SCAA staff to our organization! Annie is our new Development and Marketing Coordinator. She is a new member to SCAA, having joined in 2022, but has entered exhibits here and impressed many with her work. She is also the owner of AiR Studio Gallery in Westerly, where she holds art openings on the first Friday of every month along with several other studios in the area. Annie's work has been displayed in galleries around the world, including China, The U.K., and New York City. To see more of her work, take a look at her Instagram and visit the AiR studio gallery.
Which artist outside of your chosen medium has had the most impact on your art? What do they do and in what way do they influence you?
Well, I can’t possibly pick one! There are many artists, for as many different reasons. So …
… My high school art teacher who encouraged me to go to art school. Dan Welden, a master printmaker I met after grad school. Working alongside him on and off for several years gave me an opportunity to experience what a professional studio practice could look like. In terms of art itself, early on I was I blown away by figurative artists Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville for their observation and use of medium. Their paintings have such seductive surfaces. I’d also have to include Gerhard Richter and Anslem Keefer for the same reasons. In terms of printmaking Kathe Kollwitz is someone who can capture such raw human emotion without sentimentality, and the British artist Norman Ackroyd, creates such poetic and dramatic landscape etchings. Oh, and I have to include Richard Serra. Seeing his sculptures in person for the first time was incredibly powerful.
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