I was born in Hagerstown, Maryland when my dad, who was career Navy, was stationed at Camp David. We moved so much that by the time I graduated from high school in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, I had attended at least ten different schools. I always had an interest in art and design and started making jewelry when I was in my early teens. I didn't begin painting until 2002, after I inherited my mom's oil painting supplies. Mom and my great uncle were both painters and my great grandfather was a glass blower. I guess you could say that I come by my artistic interests honestly.
I began by taking classes at Catawba Valley Community College in the fall of 2002 and in the spring of 2003 signed up for a "plein air" painting class in Italy. That trip provided inspiration and photos for many of my paintings.
In 2003 I was invited to join the Foothills Painters and I have participated in many group shows in the foothills area. I have also entered my work into juried competitions and was awarded in Mooresville for "Marching Cypress".
I began painting in the fall of 2002. It provided a creative outlet as well as a connection to my mom, also an artist, who had passed away in June. I still feel that connection every time I paint.
I think that because I had always enjoyed trying to capture the beauty of nature in photographs, I naturally gravitated toward landscape painting. Much of my inspiration comes from photos taken during a trip to Italy, which included a landscape painting class in Tuscany. I feel such a sense of timelessness and peace in the subjects I choose. I use fairly thin layers of paint and dry brushing to create a softer, more serene look. I hope to continue learning and painting, as art provides both challenge and fulfillment.
Please visit our "Show Information" page for group show information.
As a member of Full Circle Arts I have paintings, notecards and jewelry on display throughout the year at their downtown Hickory location next to McGuire's Pub. Gallery personnel are available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11am - 5pm and Saturday from 11 am - 2 pm.
I have jewelry for sale at the Galleria at the Hickory Museum of Art. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 1 - 4pm. They are closed Mondays and Holidays. Daily admission is free. Stop by and pick up a gift for a friend, family member or yourself!
Email: Anne Fredley