My Story

Welcome. I’m Anne Stine.

I’d like to share my story to encourage you that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

When I was a child, painting came to me as easily as skipping down the sidewalk. As I grew up and entered college, I focused my energy on studying marketing while continuing art classes and painting portraits on the side to earn extra cash. My artistic life was put on hold for many years as I found a dream job marketing museums and other arts organizations doing my part to keep the Arts alive. However, I still longed to follow my own creative journey as an artist. My paint brushes packed securely away in boxes, I believed that I had missed my opportunity to become an artist and it was too late to start something new.

Then my life took a turn. I met my husband who encouraged me to follow my dreams. Sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement to take that first step. I began a new path with baby steps. I continued taking art classes at the Corcoran School of Art at the Smithsonian Institute and did my best to paint as much as possible while raising a family. Slowly, I regained my confidence and opened a mural painting business in 2001. Thirteen years later, I decided to close the mural business and begin creating my own mixed media art.

It was by accident that I stumbled upon encaustic painting. While scrolling through Pinterest one day, an encaustic landscape painting caught my eye that captured a dreamy, mysterious quality I didn’t recognize. That was it! I found the medium, imagery and technique to develop my artistic voice at last. But the artistic vision isn’t enough — it takes a commitment to do something each day to grow the dream. I learned no matter how small, each step is progress. My life is now full with numerous art shows, teaching classes, hanging work in local galleries and participating with other artists in yearly art tours. It wasn’t too late to see my dreams come true. It’s all about taking the first step and committing each day to moving forward. 

I pull from my past work experiences frequently on my creative journey not regretting the time it took to finally get where I wanted to go. One of my greatest joys is sharing my story and encouraging others as they find their artistic voice and share it with the world.

Start today living a more creative life! If you’d like to read more about getting started on your creative journey, you’ll find practical resources and encouragement in my BLOG. Also, I offer workshops and private instruction in encaustic and mixed media painting to get your creative juices flowing! 

I had a great time sitting down with Lisa Strout of Tryst Gallery for an interview about my work. It can be found on the gallery’s blog.

Giving Back in the Community

I’ve enjoyed heading up the scenic design at our local middle school and high school for many years. Some of the shows include, Lion King, Annie, James and the Giant Peach, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Little Mermaid and Three Musketeers.

The Loudoun Valley High School cast during rehearsal of “James and the Giant Peach”

Painting 18’ panels for “James and the Giant Peach”

mixed media artist