A native of Charlotte, NC, Anne Harkness is an alumnus of the Atlanta College of Art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work as an art director in New York City for 15 years, has impacted her style with a graphic aspect which can usually be seen in her paintings. More recently, she has studied under Curt Butler, of Gastonia, NC. As a contemporary artist, Anne looks for a unique point of view and often finds some unexpected beauty in what many would consider an ordinary or unattractive setting.
In the past few years, her pieces have been in shows and galleries along the east coast of the US as well as in her local area. She has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine as well as in International Artist Magazine, where she won 2nd place in their Abstract/Experimental Art competition. Anne also won First Place in Art-Competion.net’s “Scapes” and has been featured in the International Artist Directory and Art Market News. She is represented by Providence Gallery, Butler Studio’s ‘The Upstairs Gallery’, and Crossnore Gallery (all located in North Carolina).
Two different series have been Anne’s focus lately, “Hometown America” and “Man vs. Nature.” She has chosen subjects that have a strong design element possibly due to her graphic design background. Another focus has been the underpinnings or lines she uses to create an image. These lines along with looser marks give a piece a more rustic, unfinished quality. Her interest is to invite the on-looker into each piece…to tarry a while, to enjoy the movement, to make their own discoveries and to allow the mysteries to be revealed.