Artist Statement

My work expresses the joy and awe I feel for nature, and my emotional connection to the world. Nature is my sanctuary where I can catch my breath and reflect on the spiritual bond I feel when I am totally immersed in its beauty. With today’s growing apathy towards the environment, I feel it is vitally important to glorify our natural home and care for it. Creating from the heart, I bring attention to the codependent relationship between man and planet Earth with the intention of relaying the message that in loving her, we love ourselves.

I chose encaustic paint made from a combination of beeswax, natural resin, and pigment because I like the idea of using natural materials to deepen the connection between the subject and myself. The wild, unpredictable nature of wax allows me to express the intensity, fluidity, and varied textures found in nature more realistically than any other medium. When heated to a high temperature, the molten wax moves like honey and I wield a blow torch to guide it where I want it to go while tilting the wood panel base. There is something exciting about working with a medium invented 1,000 years ago and witnessing how the painting mysteriously takes shape through the creative dance of layering, reheating, and further manipulating the wax and mixed media.

My current collection “Living Water” focuses on the moods and movement of water in a natural setting. Water is alive and capable of enticing an emotional response from us. My work not only captures water in its natural beauty, but corresponds to feelings on a personal level.



Artist Anne Stine first developed her affinity for the outdoors as a child where she considered her true home to be the cathedral of trees across the street from her Virginian home. It was there that she first experienced the majesty of nature that would become the foundation of her contemporary mixed media paintings. Encaustic is her chosen medium (paint made of beeswax, natural resin and pigment) because she appreciates the connection of depicting the intensity, fluidity and texture of nature using a natural substance. There is a dramatic tactile quality to her work as she builds up and embeds organic objects into the wax. Her dynamic use of vivid color and bold textures add a whimsical quality to her work, inspired by her childlike awe of the world.

Anne graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Communications and continued studies in painting at Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C. She came to the art scene later in her life after a successful career in arts marketing, raising a family, and owning a commercial decorative painting business for ten years. In 2016, she devoted herself full time to painting and teaching encaustic painting from her home studio in Purcellville, VA. Her work hangs throughout Virginia in juried shows, art galleries and commercial and personal collections. Anne is an active promoter of the arts and the small business community as a member of the Loudoun Arts Council and Loudoun County Artisan Trail. She writes a blog centered around inspiring others to pursue their dreams and live a creative life. Anne lives in Purcellville, Virginia with her husband and three children.

Purcellville Artisan Tour – 2018
Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour – 2016, 2017, 2018
Catoctin Holiday Art Tour – 2016, 2017

Artist-In-Residence, North Gate Vineyard, Purcellville, VA (July – October, 2018)
Featured Artist, Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA, (December, 2018)

Purcellville Town Hall Exhibition, Purcellville, VA – January, 2018
Tryst Gallery Exhibitions, Leesburg, VA: Moulin Rouge, 4/18; Steel Magnolias, 12/17; 2B, 6/17; As You Like It, 4/17; Winter’s Tale, 2/17, Twelfth Night 12/16
Artists in Middleburg Exhibitions, Middleburg, VA: Landscapes, 2018; Chaos, 2017; Different Strokes, 2017
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Exhibition, Chongqing, China, 2016
Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Celebration Exhibition, Gross-Downing Cultural Arts Center, Newport News, VA, 2016
Bluemont Fair Artist Exhibition, Bluemont, VA, 2016, 2018
Gateway Gallery Artist Co-op, Round Hill, VA –  member 2015 – 2016

Purcellville Artisan Tour, 2018
Purcellville Holiday Artisan Show, 2016

International Encaustic Artists, 2019
Loudoun Arts Council, 2017, 2018, 2019
Loudoun County Artisan Trail Action Team 2019

Facebook Live interview with Jim Sisley at Tryst Gallery, Dec. 2018
Interview with Tryst Gallery published on their website, May, 2017,
“Stine, Evans-Kavaldjian Featured along Wine Trail”, Loudoun Now, June 28, 2018