Featured Artist Ann-Marie Brown

Artist Ann-Marie Brown’s lush oil and encaustic paintings are an invitation to linger. Learn more about this artist and view her portfolio by visiting her website.

 

From Left to Right: “On Thin Ice 1” and “On Thin Ice 2” Encaustic and Oil, Each 22” x 28” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

From Left to Right: “On Thin Ice 1” and “On Thin Ice 2” Encaustic and Oil, Each 22” x 28”

 

I paint layer upon layer of oil and wax on the canvas.

 

“Plums” Encaustic and Oil, 12” x 12” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Plums” Encaustic and Oil, 12” x 12”

 

There is an unpredictability to this process which I appreciate, because it disrupts my intention for a piece and opens a dialogue with the emerging image.

 

“End of Day” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“End of Day” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12”

 

I think that the mind that is painting is more interesting than the mind that is thinking about painting.

 

“Poison” Encaustic and Oil, 20” x 20” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Poison” Encaustic and Oil, 20” x 20”

 

Having a process that doesn’t allow me to visualize a painting, and then methodically arrive at that painting provides an opportunity for the active painting mind to push the work to a place that wasn’t consciously available.

 

“Desi in Her Mother’s Dress” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 40” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Desi in Her Mother’s Dress” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 40”

 

The marks that build up on the canvas while the painting is being fought for have a value—like scars and wrinkles on a person they are a story of becoming, written on the body.

 

“Texture of Our Loss” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 30”

“Texture of Our Loss” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 30”

 

In my figure works the subject of the painting isn’t the likeness, but the encounter itself, the dynamic exchange.

 

“Flowers for the Reds” Encaustic and Oil, 22” x 28” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Flowers for the Reds” Encaustic and Oil, 22” x 28”

 

Because the paintings are worked on over time, that exchange shifts one day to the next. With each fresh encounter, I incorporate that day’s perspective into the painting. The resolved painting then contains contradictory elements within its singularity.

 

“In To Battle” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“In To Battle” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12”

 

The historic paintings that speak to me the most invoke a visceral response. Standing in front of a painting by Francis Bacon, I’m not critiquing, I’m falling.

 

“Devlin Boxing” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 40” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Devlin Boxing” Encaustic and Oil, 30” x 40”

 

I hope that my paintings can articulate something of the experience of being human. So that the viewer, in seeing, is somehow remembering having a vague memory made flesh.

 

“Forgotten Slippers” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Forgotten Slippers” Encaustic and Oil, 9” x 12”

 

I really believe that the function of art is to make us feel less alone.

 

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