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Swartz

Artist Statement

“Lie in the grass or on a sidewalk or on your roof. 
Look at the sky. Feel your boots laced tight around your calves. 
Pile rocks. Get dirty. Take the t.v. antenna off your forehead. 
Be where you are, even for a snap.

We are lured by the fastest, cheapest, biggest. 
We forget about authenticity. 
Art takes time.

We live in a tamed environment. 
We are taught there is value in canned, 
pre-packaged, foil-wrapped and zip-locked. 
Maybe there are too many plastic things marketed as originals.

Maybe I just want people to tell their own stories. 

Be fearless."


O’Brien

Annie earned her BS & MS from the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Northern Colorado where she was honored with the Distinguished Alumnae Award. She also studied painting and art history in the BFA program at Oregon State University. She achieved the rank of Associate Professor in her successful academic career at several colleges and universities prior to pursuing her passion for art full-time. For the last nine years she has been a professional artist, painting out of her studio on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM. She is represented by several galleries across the country and recently was honored with a museum acquisition of her work. She utilizes her academic expertise to teach innovative painting workshops at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM and venues across the country. Her paintings appear in numerous shows and are in private and museum collections.


Her book titled “Bold Expressive Painting” will be published by Northlight Books in Fall 2015.

Recognition
.Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling Northlight Books-winner, 2015
.29 Top Artists Share Their Secrets, Acrylic Artist Magazine Special Issue, Summer, 2014
.Permanent Collection: The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 2013
.Incite 2: Color Passions Northlight Books-winner, 2014
.Contemporary Fine Art International, 2nd Place, 2013
.Artist Profile: In the Studio, Visual Language: Visual Arts Magazine, March, 2013
.Incite 1: Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media Northlight Books-winner, 2013
.Artist Profile, Professional Artist Magazine, July 2013
.Flowerona Profile, July, 2013*Honorable Mention, CFAI Winter Juried Show, “Elegance"
.Showcase Winner: ArtSlant, March, 2012, January, 2011, September, 2010, July, 2010, May, 2010
.Featured Artist, Studios Magazine, Summer, 2010
.Distinguished Alumnae Award, University of Northern Colorado, 2005
.Art Faculty-Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, 2014-present
.Faculty & Painting Mentor- Georgia O’Keeffe Immersion Workshop, Ghost Ranch
.Painting Workshops - Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Georgetown Art Center, TX; Paseo School of Art,  
 Oklahoma City, OK

DeBusk

"I just like to make stuff."
Cermanski is an artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She has been working in acrylic and encaustic for over 20 years and has a Bachelor’s in Art History and a Masters in Art Education.  Cermanski has exhibited her work in five solo and ten group shows, including Feminists Under Forty, which was curated by Judy Chicago.  Cermanski is featured in E. Ashley Rooney’s Contemporary Art of the Southwest (2014), and has numerous collectors around the country, including two corporate collections. 

“My work is a conversation in color inspired by the intricacies of our natural world.  Extracting my palette from nature, my work embodies the delicate interplay of light and color, texture and form.  While working, I intuitively synthesize memories of the land, sky and water, allowing something new to emerge–a metamorphosis.  The culmination results in capturing the essence of a place vaguely familiar to us all.  Similar to the excitement of recognizing familiar images while watching clouds, my work seeks to grasp the contemplative eye of the viewer.
Through my paintings I explore texture, color and process, a practice that deepens my relationship with the New Mexico landscape.  I am a colorist who meticulously mixes each color, often utilizing complementary colors to create vibrancy.   Texture is a significant component of my work as my goal is to create a surface, not just paint on one.  I hand collect various natural materials from New Mexico such as mica, colored sand and flowers, and incorporate them into my paintings.  My work is the antithesis of Trompe l’oeil: rather than trying to “trick” the viewer into believing the image is reality, I aim to intrigue the viewer with paint in its beautiful simplicity.”