Annie Aurand-Mayes
  • Female
  • Seneca Falls, NY
  • United States

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Confessions of a Non-Perky Artist

I have been an artist since I picked up that first crayon and drew on my bedroom wall. It's not something I've chosen to be, it's just what I am. I sold my first commissioned portrait at 12 yrs of age. Art has provided me with both a living and a haven where I can disappear since that time.

 

I am primarily self taught. The internet has been wonderful for artists such as myself: it enables us to learn more about technique, media, and so much more that we would not be exposed to any other way.

 

I am just beginning to work again after taking a 10 year hiatus due to our daughter being diagnosed with leukemia in March 2001 at age 14; she fought it until November 27, 2005. She was a true warrior and will always be my hero. The long battle and following grief has taken an enormous toll on my husband, our son, and myself. 

 

Now, after 5 years, I am feeling the muse returning sometimes. I know Caitlin would want me to work again as she watched me from the time she was a little girl. She loved how a painting would come to life from a blank sheet of paper.

 

I love the map of the human face. I do portraits of people, animals and buildings, trying to capture the 'thing', the essence that makes each an individual.

 

I enjoy side trips into fantasy art. Much of my work centers around the mother/child theme. It was never intentional, but I cannot seem to escape it.

 

My preferred media are colored pencils, watercolor and ink. I often use my colored pencils on slate, which makes them buttery and behave much differently than on paper.

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At 6:07am on May 23, 2011, Pauline Donohoe said…
Hi Annie, thank you for the welcome. This looks like a really good site. I hope I can get the energy to post something soon. How are things with you? Take care Pauline
At 1:52pm on May 19, 2011, Laura Shelton said…
Welcome Annie!
At 6:17am on May 19, 2011, Alan Minshull said…

Welcome Annie:)

This has to be one of the more exciting places on the net lol There is so much to see and do and as we speak, the earth is moving with new ideas hahahahaha

 

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At 2:38am on May 19, 2011, Thaneeya McArdle said…
Welcome, Annie!  I hope you enjoy the site.  I look forward to seeing more of your art.  I like your profile pic!
At 2:33am on May 19, 2011, Sue Pownall said…
There is lots to see here already. I look forward to seeing some of your art tomorrow.
At 1:36am on May 19, 2011, Sue Pownall said…
Hi Annie welcome to your new art adventure.
 
 
 

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