Artist Anne Farley Gaines

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FARLEY 3-dimensionally in watercolor and mixed-media brings a narrative element to my current works, several based on Shakespeare’s writings. Literature, landscape and current events are the basis for my ceramic plaques, reminiscent of those produced by the Della Robbia brothers in the 1400’s. Sometimes I collaborate in ceramic with my sculptor husband, Geoffrey Novelli, with whom I also work in cast iron. I incorporate ceramic and mosaic into collaborative murals I organize, relishing the tactility, surface variation, and opportunities to work with others.
In the early 1980’s I began producing large mixed-media paintings based upon garden imagery and the undersea, originally drawn from memories of a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. These works on paper and canvas involved combining acrylics, modeling paste, oriental papers, polymer mediums, and canvas threads. They led to the making of shaped wall pieces, inspired somewhat by the constructions of Frank Stella. Eventually I began creating shaped folding screens.
My artwork has always had its primary basis in nature and I work in several media. Early influences were my childhood in rural Michigan and exposure to the work of Lynn Bogue Hunt, my great-uncle, noted wildlife artist. My passion for painting watercolors on location began in college on a study trip to Europe. The challenge of interpreting color and effects of light and shadow on foliage, land formations, architecture, and portraiture continues to motivate me. John Singer Sargent’s timeless watercolors sometimes provide stylistic inspiration.

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