48 x 43 in.
Oil on panel
Emergence reflects a shift and discovery in the life of artist Ann Moeller Steverson. The work evolved in two stages and was once “finished” and shown, only to be dramatically reworked. The first version of the painting had clearly stated wings, but these were revisited and painted over.
When asked about the change, Ann recounted being in an intuitive painting workshop with Stanka Kordic and feeling she was “being called to lay down her wings.”
“The story now relates to our own rebirth as our beautiful imperfect human selves,” says Ann.
The artist also shared her excitement for working on a large scale and exploring big brush movements, experimenting with oil sticks and automatic mark making in this work.
Ann’s work had been described by critics as bold, expressive, and painterly, and as having a mood that connects to a timeless era. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally at venues including the Salmagundi Club in New York and the Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Her upcoming solo show OPEN opens in February of 2019 at the Little Green Store and Gallery on Monte Sano Mountain. This body of new work has been described as a reflection of her personal journey of letting go and letting in peace, love, intense beauty, and joy. Ann is also traveling to teach: her next workshop is at Quinlan Art Center this May.
Additionally, Ann is the creator of a copper composite panel now offered by the national art supply company Artefex. Copper being her favorite surface, Ann uses a wide variety of oil painting materials, from lead white to oil bars, rollers and scrapers to the finest handmade brushes, and also paints on panels, linen, and aluminum composite.
Honored by the Portrait Society of America in their Select 50 in the International Competition for her portrait of her daughters, titled Mariposa, and her painting Backyard Queen earned her the Bold Brush award, a distinction an artist can receive only once in their lifetime. Ann was also a featured artist in ‘Artist Spotlight’ in Professional Artists Magazine in 2017 and her work has been included in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.
With her two daughters, Ann lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where she shares a studio with Rebekah Bynum and Jonny Scull at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Lowe Mill is the largest privately-owned arts facility in the United States and open to the public. Ann is also co-owner of Protégé Atelier with Rebekah Bynum and Danielle Damson. Protégé brings master artist workshops to North Alabama.