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Anne Hempel creates all her work on hand-crafted wood panels that her husband, a biologist, builds for her. Most people describe her work as making them feel happy and light, more connected to nature.  Feathers, moss, leaves, straw, ferns, petals, and bark have found their way into her recent paintings. Her four year old daughter, Evelyn, helps her hunt these “treasures” near her Imaginary Road studio in the woods. Anne applies seven or eight layers of thickened acrylic paint creating an impasto style that reflects light and adds expressiveness to the painting. She uses glazes and washes in between layers to build rich color and highlight the texture.  Her original and unique technique evokes a time-weathered patina. The canvas being wood makes the perfect surface for using a palette knife and various tools to carve into the wet paint creating a kind of three-dimensional sculptural rendering.

Anne’s studio is at home, a perfect set up for being a new mother. As a burnt-out teacher, she was determined to turn her love of art into a full-time business. She worked on the weekends and summers painting furniture until she had the courage to leap from teacher to artist, then from painting on furniture to wood panels.  She worked diligently on a small table on the back porch for over a year  before investing in building a studio and buying an easel.  This journey and process of turning her passion into a business, a dream for so many people, has been well worth it. Anne loves her life.

“When choosing subject matter,  I respond to what catches my eye and heart. It’s always something personified in nature- water, fields, trees, flowers, and birds. As a painter, I am fearless. My work is a personal search to attempt to find and capture the magic of the natural world.  Watching flower petals mosey through our creek or finding a bed of bark and moss for wood fairies with Evelyn is magical to me and weaves it’s way into my paintings. Living in a swampy, heavily wooded area with trails and boardwalks leading to endless natural vignettes offers great inspiration. Listening to music that moves me while I paint is a must and seeps into every painting. I love experimenting with color and texture, my technique is always evolving.  When I’m observing the behavior of birds, listening for the owls, or studying the silhouettes of branches,  I’m forming a painting in my mind.  I love painting on wood because of the unusual marks and striations that become a part of it.  It fills me with joy when someone chooses a piece of my art with their heart, finding that it moves them personally. I hope they fall in love with it for maybe the same reasons I painted it. ”
– Anne Hempel

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The juried competitions, shows, publications and distinguished works that Anne has participated in include:

 

  • Marsh and Birds show at Cypress’s Artist Series, with photographer, David Pascoe, Tallahassee, Florida 2017
  • Images Art Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, 2017
  • 28th Art in Gadsden regional exhibit of Fine Art, Gadsden Arts Center and Museum, Quincy, Florida, 2016
  • Art In a Garden, published article in The Apalachicola Times, 2016
  • Solo Pop-up Show in Apalachicola, Florida, presented by Bowery Art Gallery, 2016
  • Award in Merit in Oil/Acrylic category at LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival in 2015
  • Creating Art Together, published article in Tallahassee Democrat, 2015
  • Accepted in COCA’s Tall Art in Tallahassee competition, exhibit from 2016-2020
  • Bowery Art Gallery representation and ‘Falling Up’ Exhibit in Apalachicola, Florida
  • The Council on Cultural Arts-COCA sponsored “Fine Art Exhibit” at Tallahassee’s Airport gallery
  • LeMoyne’s “Chain of Parks” Art Festival in Tallahassee, Florida
  • ArtsQuest Art Festival in Seaside, Florida and South Walton
  • Mount Dora’s Arts Festival in Mount Dora, Florida
  • Johns Creek Art Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Art Walk Arts Festival in Apalachicola, Florida
  • “Artopia” competition sponsored by Big Bend Cares
  • “The Art of Organic” Show featuring Anne’s original pieces exclusively, sponsored by The Space in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Featured artist for Holy Comforter Episcopal School’s Gala in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Featured artist for Cypress Restaurant’s “Artist Series” in Tallahassee, Florida
  • The Ronald McDonald house features a commissioned original piece  in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Children’s mural commissioned at First Words Autism Institute in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Florida Audubon Society’s Birds, Brews and Bluegrass event featuring Anne’s bird collection series of original pieces

She sells her work at Suzannz Down Under in Tallahassee, Florida, the Bowery Art Gallery in Apalachicola, Florida and out of her studio in Tallahassee.  Schedule an appointment with Anne by contacting her directly.

 

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