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.

artist bio

Annie Darling was born in Chicago, Illinois and studied fine art and graphic design at the University of Oregon and the University of Southern Maine where she graduated with a degree in communication arts. Annie has enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist, art director, and designer, receiving international acclaim for her visual design work. Annie’s love of encaustic, mixed media, oil painting and photography is evidenced in the numerous bodies of work that exhibit her singular and distinctive style. Her paintings can be found in public venues and private collections world-wide.

artist statement

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.