Anne Emerson

200 Pond Street, Jamaica Plain, Ma 02130

I am a painter and a writer and the two actions seem to me to feed each other, opening me to see the world simultaneously in light and metaphor. I paint what pleases me and what moves me. My paintings are of people, things and places I love and most of my paintings have personal historical references. The act of painting is a meditation for me, awakening me to “all this joy and beauty,” in the words of my grandmother’s favorite prayer. In a way, my painting is also an act of longing. It is an effort to capture and hold the extraordinary feeling of being held in a natural place or emotion, suspended in beauty, power, solitude, and light.

In the past several years, I have worked mostly in pastel, a medium which is having a renaissance. I love its luminous quality and the fact that you work with four hundred different colors and pastel sticks. I find it suits my need to work quickly and expressively and allows me to go back and refine at my own pace.

In the past eight years, I have studied with artists Sean Farrell, George Nick, Joel Janowitz, Shelly Eager, Richard McKinley, Suzanne Strater, Sally Strand, Casey Klahn and Tony Allain, Albert Handell and at the De Cordova Museum School. In 2017 I assisted on a two week painting course in San Miguel Allende, Mexico sponsored by the Concord Art Association and led by Shelly Eager.

-Juried International Shows:

Uart 2017 National Competition (Still Morning)
18th International Juried Exhibition of the Maine Pastel Society, “Pastels Only” October-November, 2017,Kennebunk, Me (Lagoon and Pulpit Rock I)
“Pure Color”-Pastel Society of North Carolina (Lagoon and Pulpit Rock II) October 2017

North Shore Art Association, full artist member
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Pastel Society of Connecticut
Pastel Society of Maine
Pastel Society of New Hampshire

200 Pond Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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September, 2017

Selected Works