ENCAUSTIC + MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
Art is exploration and acceptance.
It is traveling down a road and seeing where it leads.
It is beginning somewhere and ending up somewhere else.
It is discovering something unexpected that changes everything.
It is considering options and risking it all for something better.
Art is the epitome of being free; free to succeed, and to fail.
It requires being bedfellows with imperfection…
And accepting that you will be seen—for better or worse—exactly as you are in the moment.
Annie Darling was born in Chicago, Illinois and studied fine art, industrial technology and graphic design at the University of Oregon and the University of Southern Maine where she graduated with a degree in communications. She moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine in the early seventies and has also lived in Austin, Texas since 2016.
After graduating from college, Annie was hired as a designer for the University’s communication department and subsequently taught creative ideation and graphic design in the industrial arts program. She continued her career as a designer, art director and entrepreneur, founding several creative companies and receiving international acclaim for her visual design work.
Influenced by a family of artists, Annie began painting early in life, focusing on creating work mainly in oil and acrylic mediums until she was introduced to the encaustic medium in 2008. This discovery inspired her to launch into an explorative trajectory that she is still pursuing today.
Annie takes pride in her ability to keep her work fresh and forward moving and has developed many of her own techniques and methods, many of which transcend traditional uses of the media. Her love of mixed media is evidenced in numerous bodies of work that exhibit her singular and distinctive style.
Annie’s work can be found in galleries and private collections in the United States and abroad.
As a child I was immersed in the visual arts: my father was a commercial photographer, my mother an interior designer, my uncle was a sculptor, and my cousin a print maker. My interest in art was fueled by my experience their work, as well as frequent visits to the museums and galleries of Chicago where I was drawn to contemporary art.
Each time I returned from a museum outing, filled with passion, I would paint or draw my own interpretation of the images that inspired me.
Even the tactile experience of the mediums excited me. When I started drawing in colored pencil, I loved the feeling of the pencil etching its way down the paper. When I began painting, I felt a similar energy as the brush stroked the canvas. In my encaustic work, I find pleasure in the feel of the iron as it glides over the hot wax; and I appreciate the second tactile experience of the finished product.
The process of making art—using media and methods to continuously shape and reshape ideas in the physical realm—has become my passion. The work is an experience; a time of physical, emotional and conceptual exploration which transforms the work, and propels my desire as an artist.