Introducing Anne Harwell, a most talented artist and author of the blog Annechovie
Please enjoy our conversation below and some of Anne's works of art!
1) Anne, tell us about your beginnings and the pursuit of an art career.
I have always been artsy and crafty since preschool, but I never grew up with any sense or goal of being an "artist" per se. I honestly kind of just fell into it in my 20's after finding I liked working in watercolors on boring Winter evenings. Things slowly evolved from there and I started selling my work in a home & antiques shop my parents used to own in Atlanta. The rest is history but involves a whole lot of work, ups and downs and some great opportunities and many disappointments I had to push through.
|One of Anne's most popular prints, The Courtney Barnes Chair|
2) Did you have encouragement from a mentor, or are there certain artist’s works that you admire?
To be honest, I have admired other artists, namely Monet, Matisse, Bonnard, Mark Hampton and others but have not had a formal "art education" so to speak. I don't use any specific technique other than what just feels right to me. I would make a horrible art teacher because I do not have an exhaustive knowledge of art history or technique. The Nike motto applies to me when painting and sums up the way I work - "Just Do It".
3) You do have a very distinctive style. How did your genre come about and would you tell our readers about your methodology
I don't use any specific technique other than what just feels right to me. I would make a horrible art teacher because I do not have an exhaustive knowledge of art history or technique. The Nike motto applies to me when painting and sums up the way I work - "Just Do It". I probably lean more towards saturated, clear colors and am not all that attracted to muted tones. Several people have told me that my colors are "happy" and I am glad that's what comes across.
|Worcester Porcelain Jar|
There's so much darkness and heaviness in this world and even though life is not always upbeat, I am an optimist and prefer to focus on the positive. Honestly, I am one of those people who doesn't have a staid regimen and doesn't do anything by the book. I just implement the "LOOK LONG AND CLOSELY AND ABSORB" method. LOL. Anything that has developed with me came by digesting tons of paintings, magazines, books, etc. and then working by trial and error to paint what was in my head. I started out with watercolor and have found myself moving more towards acrylic and even oils now.
I am a work in progress and have a looong way to go, but I have learned to enjoy the journey. I am a firm believer that God gifts us with all and any talents that we have and my personal relationship with Him is a tremendous source of inspiration and motivation that has helped me to grow and develop more than anything else.
|Ginger Jar #2|
4) Do you work in a studio or do you have a dedicated area in your home? (if you have a studio could you send an image?)
I I work in a studio area that is part of my home now. I am moving into a new home with my husband in 2 weeks, so will have a completely dedicated room to work from where I can just shut the doors on my art mess and leave it undisturbed.
|Peonies and Paisley|
5) You must have a fine print-maker (I have several of your chair series prints) How does an artist find one where you can be sure of good quality control?
II I now print most all of my own work and carefully researched printers, ink and paper before I found what worked best for me and produced the highest quality print. I am happy with my method now because so many of my customers tell me that the prints look exactly like an original.
|Chairs Series Notecards|
|Ginger Jar Pillow|
6) When did the light bulb go on so brightly to start licensing your art and are you pleased with the results?
Actually, I was blessed to be approached by a company for my first licensing contract and didn't do the initial chasing, although I continue to seek out great opportunities now for licensing more of my work.
7) What is the best way for our readers to reach you with any inquiries
They can contact me via a convo on my Etsy page or email me direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Links for Anne are:
Etsy store: www.annechovie.etsy.com
Anne does Custom work, simply send her an inquiry; also custom pet silhouettes on Canvas
|Custom Pet Silhouettes|
8) Lastly, Anne, What words of advice do you have for the beginning artist of any age?
Follow your natural bent and passion, don't shy away from hard work and don't give up when there's not immediate gratification or open doors!
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Anne, Thank you so much for participating in The 2013 Artists Series.
I love the Pop-Art quality to your work, although I know you do very traditional renderings as well.
Wishing you and your new husband much happiness and a bright future together!
Dear Readers, Thank you for supporting the arts and please leave a comment for Anne!
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Images Courtesy of Anne Harwell