ARTIST STATEMENT: "My inspiration truly comes from those who are in my life, my family, and from the very private world I express within myself. I especially enjoy painting and sketching faces as the main focus of my work. The expression that can be captured through another personâ€™s eyes or mouth, whether itâ€™s partial or whole, can reach out to the onlooker and leave a lasting image. Those faces can remind you of another person, place or time. A particular portrait can even intrigue you enough to want to meet the subject. Some of the subjects are not necessarily an actual portrait, but an interpretation of my inner child, some fears and just what I love. I have learned to share this part of me more so to those who are part of my life, who enabled me to find the courage to share it publicly."
Ann Marie grew up in Brooklyn in a very creative environment. Recognized as a natural artist earlier in life, her family encouraged this path from the moment she picked up a crayon.
A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration, Ann Marie has studied renaissance art in Florence, Italy during her college career. Her work has won awards, been published and gained recognition from a variety of shows and exhibitions in the tri state area. Currently she illustrated a children's book to be published for world-wide distribution this year.