Today at the Art Depot

Monday, December 17

Ann Beck

Acrylic, jewelry, Mixed

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cracks

Hand painted, light weight and unique earrings

available for sale at the Gallery

 

Left In The Mud

 

The Bear Was There

 

Wild & Free At Sunset

Mixed Media on Canvas

 

Wild & Free Vertical Dance

ALL OVER THE WEST There is no doubt that my love for the mountains and deserts of the American West have influenced my art. After all we are products of our environment! ~ Born in Wyoming ~ Raised in Colorado in a small mountain town. ~ New Mexico, where I married my husband and where all three of my children were born. ~ Montana where we purchased land and hope to build a home on one day. TRAVEL As my art has evolved I have noticed that certain aspects of the places I have traveled to are working their way into my pieces, sometimes inadvertantly and sometimes on purpose. For example, I lived in New Zealand for a time and the spiral is a very strong symbol to the Maori (the indiginouos people of New Zealand), representing new beginnings as in the fern fron, eternity and the powerful ocean wave. I have become quite accustomed to using spirals as I love what they represent and how they look to me asthetically. The colors of the South West United States apeal to me with their rich browns and terracotta in contrast with the bright turquoise. One might see hints of the Scottish highlands and a celtic influence or flora and fauna and landscapes from the American Rocky Mountains. ​ ART BACKGROUND I have no formal art degree. I have taken many classes in high school, college and otherwise. Most of what I do now has come from years of playing with mediums and having supportive people around me, allowing my craft to mature. I was lucky enough to have parents who always encouraged my creativity and then I married a person who understands the kind of patience and perceverance it takes to follow the artists path (poor thing). Now my adult children have become a big part of my supportive network. I have worked hard at developing a scheduled, daily studio time which is one of the biggest challenges for me. I find that the way to creating something quality and meaningful requires a lot of practice and a very good understanding of the medium. I have often felt unworthy of calling myself an "artist" because I do not have a degree in art but I have come to believe that being an artist is more about how a person sees the world. There are many different ways to express oneself as I have known many phenominally creative people who have never picked up a paint brush but their gift comes out in other ways; in how they arrange their house, put together a Power Point presentation or decorate a cake . What I know for myself is that I must always be creating something and if I deny myself this compulsion I am not content . I've learned never to ingnore a tickle of an idea because you never know what will happen if you follow it. I like to compare my art to a garden, it is constantly evolving and changing as I change and as my environment changes. I have gone from painting landscapes to portraits to mixed media. Each has taught me something. ​ "A creative idea is like a magnificent, unrelenting caged animal, pacing, intense eyes begging to be set free from the locked prisms of the artist's mind. If ignored too long, this one of a kind animal will die and be forgotten but if released, will run like the wind into the pristine forests and meadows of the untamed imagination." ~ AB ​ ​ ​ ​

Contact This Artist

Ann Beck

717 Brittany Ave., Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone: 4194942430   Email: ambeckartist@gmail.com   Website: annmbeckartist.com