My inspiration begins with a walk. Down the twisty road I go, past the grazing cows, the small pond, the ancient oak. Perhaps I go for the day, dirt road to footpath…a warty toad escapes my step…I work my way up a brook…see a trout dart…as I chew on a wintergreen leaf a warbler sings somewhere in woods.
Upon my return to the studio I have abundant ideas and subject matter to contemplate further. Using a variety of printmaking techniques I can explore pattern, line, color and form. My choice of methods, tools and materials is dependent on what I wish to articulate about my subject: a woodcut offers a bold statement, etching can evoke a subtler, quieter mood, or I may turn to monotype to explore color and a layering of imagery.
Over time, my ideas develop, a process that is ever evolving. Greater insight, depth, and significance is added to my subject, which invariably addresses my curiosity and concern for the natural environs of todays world.
As a native of Maine, and with ancestral roots in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Anne Garland’s lifelong connection to the coastal and mountain environs continues, and are the source of inspiration for her artwork.
Prior to her profession as an artist, Anne was an elementary education teacher, followed by a career as an Interpreter for the Deaf. In 1993 she earned a BFA degree from the Maine College of Art, where she majored in painting and printmaking, and has been committed to making art ever since.
Artist-in Residence positions have taken her to locations in Stonington, Maine, Baie Saint Marie in Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, and the Buffalo National River in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has traveled to China with the Boston Printmakers on an artist exchange with the Hangzhou Art Academy.
Garland’s artwork is in many private and public collections, including the New York Public Library, Portland Museum of Art, the University of New England, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Colby College Museum of Art.