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, “Earth and Sky Connection,”  includes contemporary landscapes of local and eastern coastal destinations. The expressive application of vibrant color and texture conveys my personal connection with the natural world. I’ve focused on the place where earth and sky meet — the horizon — to express a feeling of calm and serenity.

Biography

ANNE STINE, Artist

Mixed media artist Anne Stine first developed her affinity for the outdoors as a child where she considered her true home to be the Virginian countryside. It was there that she first experienced the majesty of nature that would become the foundation of her contemporary mixed media paintings. The 2000 year old medium of Encaustic is her chosen 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 and its unpredictable nature. There is a dramatic tactile quality to her work as she builds up layer upon layer of wax while “painting” with her blowtorch. 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 where she studied Communications and Art and continued her art education at the 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 mural 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 the Metropolitan D.C. area in juried shows, art galleries and commercial and personal collections.

Anne is an active supporter of the arts and the small business community as a founding member of the Purcellville Art Gallery, a volunteer-run community arts center; and the Purcellville Artisan Tour, a local event held annually promoting Purcellville artists and agri-artisan businesses. 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.

Anne Stine, artist

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SOLO EXHIBITION

Art Sweet Art Gallery, Leesburg, Sept – Oct. 2019.
North Gate Vineyard, Artist in Residence,  Purcellville, VA (July – October, 2018)
Purcellville Town Hall, Purcellville, VA: January, 2018
Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA, (December, 2018)

ART TOURS
Purcellville Artisan Tour – 2018, 2019
Western Loudoun Artist Studio Tour – 2016-19
Catoctin Holiday Art Tour – 2016-17

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Loudoun Sketch Club, VA:  Barns of Rose Hill, 2019; Gallery One 2019
District Arts Gallery, Frederick, MD: permanent collection, March, 2019 to present
Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA: 2017-2019
Artists in Middleburg Gallery, Middleburg, VA: 2017-2019
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Exhibition, Chongqing, China, 2016
Gross-Downing Cultural Arts Center, Newport News, VA: Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Celebration Exhibition 2016
Bluemont Fair Artist Exhibition, Bluemont, VA, 2016 – 2019
Gateway Gallery Artist Co-op, Round Hill, VA –  member 2015 – 2016

LEADERSHIP
Purcellville Art Gallery 2019, Founding Member
Purcellville Artisan Tour, 2018-19, Founding member
Loudoun County Artisan Trail Action Team, 2018
Purcellville Holiday Artisan Show, 2016, Founding member

MEMBERSHIPS
International Encaustic Artists
The Art League, Alexandria, VA
Loudoun Sketch Club
Loudoun Arts Council
Loudoun County Artisan Trail

PRESS COVERAGE
“Translucence – Beeswax, Natural Resin, Pigment and a Blow Torch”, by Joe Motheral, Elan Magazine, June 2019
“Working in Wax: the Art of Anne Stine”,  Loudoun Now, Get Out Loudoun, feature article, 3/8/19
Facebook Live interview with Jim Sisley at Tryst Gallery, Dec. 2018
Interview with Tryst Gallery published on their website, May, 2017, http://www.trystgallery.com/tryst-blog/
“Stine, Evans-Kavaldjian Featured along Wine Trail”, Loudoun Now, June 28, 2018

Current Representation: District Arts Gallery, 15 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD, USA, https://districtarts.com, 301-695-4050