Anne Allen has always been intrigued with trees. Even as a child, her quiet personality and connection with nature led her to explore her life in drawings.
“Playing alone in the woods was my retreat as a child. I carried a paper notebook, sized to fit in my metal lunchbox. Drawings of trees and fallen logs over streams were rendered in soft charcoal and colored pencil.”
Anne’s paintings are developed from small color studies often painted on location and from her own photographs in the studio. She recalls being captivated by the dead trees and wind-blown juniper bushes in the high desert of Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Georgia O’Keeffe country, as the locals all it, is stark and still. At 8,300 feet, trees emerge from the red desert like petrified men and women.” Always awake to inspiration, Anne is rarely without her leather journal and a camera.
“My life in art is influenced by an immersion in classical and sacred music beginning in early childhood. Trips to art museums, combined with early baroque music concerts on the terrace, continue to bring forth bittersweet memories when I am painting. I often paint to classical music.”
Modernist painters, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse and recently, Raoul Dufy influence Anne’s thinking about art. “I love the movement of paint in the golden landscapes and sunflowers of van Gogh and the fluid and staccato strokes of Dufy.”
After satisfying careers in marketing and arts administration, Anne came fully into her art nine years ago. She serves on the board of the Appalachian Pastel Society where she is the chair of non-juried group exhibitions. She joined the Southeastern Pastel Society, Atlanta, in 2017. Her works have been in juried group exhibitions in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Anne makes time to participate in professional studio critiques at 310 Art Gallery, led by gallery director and art mentor, Fleta Monaghan.
A recent accomplishment was being invited to exhibit “Rose Garden Song” in the Appalachian Pastel Society 2017 National Exhibition. Juror of entries was nationally recognized pastel artist, Dawn Emerson.
Anne’s painting “Deep Calling” was one of 93 paintings accepted in the Southeastern International 2018 Pastel Exhibition displayed in the Oglethorpe Museum, Atlanta, GA. Juror of entries was Dawn Emerson. “Deep Calling” was also accepted in the Appalachian Pastel Society 2018 Member Exhibition.
Drawing on the energy of French Fauvists painters, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Raoul Dufy, Anne is arranging garden flowers and painting still life. Anne finds inspiration in the fresh flower arrangements placed throughout the Biltmore Estate, a historic house museum in Asheville. She added original pastels, “Spirits Up!” and “My Happy Hydrangeas” to her selection of artwork at 310 Art Gallery in Asheville.
Visit anneallenart.com to see the artist’s portfolio of pastel paintings.
Autumn Red, pastel, 14 x 11
Autumn Tapestry, pastel, 14 x 11
My Happy Hydrangeas, pastel, 18 x 18
Spirits Up!, pastel, 18 x 18
Orchard Apples, pastel, 9 x 12