Her shop is filled with Chinoiserie art and accessories, each one better than the last. I own each and every one of her matches and have a list of amazing art I am ready to add to one of my many gallery walls.
Her art can be seen in the pages of Erin Gates book Elements of Style ...
on pillows ...
and on canvas.
I had the pleasure of learning more about the artist behind the incredible art ... and I loved getting to know Anne. We share a love of color and all things Florida. When she sent me photos my heart started beating faster ... I need a day on the beach to read and soak up the waves and the sun.
Our chat -
Who is Anne ... the girl behind the art?
I am a reflective creative with a love for beauty, a quirky sense of humor and a desire to make my life count.
Where did you grow up and how did your early life influence who you are today?
I was born in Michigan and moved south with my family as a teenager and have lived in Florida now for the past 9 years. I had the privilege of growing up in a very loving home and both of my parents had strong artistic leanings and have always encouraged and nurtured creativity in me and my siblings.
What inspires you? Anything special inspiring you at the moment?
Personally, I am inspired by my relationship with God and love from my family as well as a desire to continually seek out truth and people that are smarter, more creative, more mature, more innovative and "higher" than who and where I am now. Artistically I am totally energized and inspired by color and living in a place where the light is spectacular and there is a great deal of natural beauty. I am also visually very inspired by blogs, design books, magazines, Pinterest and travel. I am a voracious collector of beautiful images that I gather from everywhere and curate in my head (and on my computer!).
Did you always want to be an artist or did this blossom from something else?
I have always been artsy and crafty since preschool, but I never grew up with any sense or goal of being an artist per se. I honestly kind of just fell into it in my 20's after finding I like working in watercolors on boring winter evenings. My parents owned a home furnishings boutique and they put some of my work for sale in their shop. After that I received some commissions and things began to develop from there.
What is your favorite thing to create?
It really depends ... I kind of enjoy small scale watercolor sketches and larger abstracts the most.
How would you define your style?
I would say its generally "colorfully realistic".
Is there anything you collect?
Yes! Love seashells, coral and small stones collected on beaches that remind me of special times.
Five things you must have ...
Sleep, quiet time with God/mediation, sunlight, good food and plenty of water! Not necessarily in this order.
Isn't she darling? And by the way ... that is a photo of Anne and her darling 95 year old grandmother. So precious!
Anne is offering my readers a discount to shop in her store. I am trying to decide which pieces I must have for myself. Use the code PINKCLUTCH to receive 15% off your orders!