“Painting is meant to be deceptive. Realism and representation (in aRt) do not convey anything deeper than reality, so recreating what i already see doesn’t resonate with me. It is more interesting to tinker with reality and explore imperfect, off-center, asymmetrical and disproportionate compositions.”
- 1953. aNna moved to Vienna, Austria after high school (1971 – 1974) where her mother’s family had evacuated after WWII. There she learned Secessionism, Dada, Jugendstil, Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism in music, aRt and German/Austrian literature at Modeschule Hetzendorf and Linzer Akademie fur Bildende Kunst. She studied with Austrian artist Josef Schützenhöfer.
With in-service (U.S. Navy) education benefits, aNna earned B.S. as a single parent, while on active duty. She applied for and received a commission and earned M.A. Ed. degree on active duty. When she left the service, she further used G.I. Bill benefits to earn a second undergraduate degree (B.F.A., Old Dominion University, 2010) and sought to re-establish her “voice” and “take back what she had sacrificed.” Her self-inspired therapy explored color as a substitute for normal expression. Gender and rank no longer held authority. aNna turned to aRt for healing.
“…i am still a bit of a mess and not wholly healed but perhaps that tension provides enough
angst to produce some real masterpieces.”
By using color to represent things other than things and taking a “leap of faith” (literally: aNna trained as a parachute rigger and counts 21 jumps while in the service…) to loosen from the discipline and rigors of military conformity, she began to reclaim her commitment to art. aNna is proud of the strides she made in terms of women’s integration — no — elevation within the armed forces and in the aRts.
aNna uses the discipline, focus and energy of her previous occupation in creating large, sweeping canvases: Fields of Color.
Most of my canvases result in something unruly–literally. i strive only to obey the truth that [for me] comes from gestures related to the spiritual. i have a poor understanding of where it comes from and simply follow and obey…wherever that leads.”