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Conversations with Annie Kinney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Kinney. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Annie Kinney took a keen interest in her surroundings as a child growing up in Western Ireland. That would later translate into her first paintings while in secondary school there. After a long hiatus away from art, and a move to the USA, it would be another fifteen years before Annie held a paintbrush again.

From painting infrequently, Annie transitioned to painting full time in 2017 after some success selling to family and friends. After taking some local painting workshops with some of Raleigh’s premier artists, Annie became fully immersed in learning about the technique and application of working in both oils and acrylics.

In April of 2020, Annie opened a studio at Gallery 311 in Downtown Raleigh. That first year, like so many businesses, the gallery was closed for months due to the pandemic.

Regardless, Annie kept painting and selling her work on Instagram and off her website. After experiencing success getting into a lot of local juried shows, and a national show with the American Impressionist Society, Annie was offered a solo show at the Mattie King Gallery in Beaufort. That show would launch her career.

Annie’s subject matter is mainly the coastal landscape of NC, local Raleigh scenes and of course, her native Ireland where she recently took a Plein air workshop with nationally renowned painter Tim Horn. Observation is key to Annie’s work, always having interacted with the landscape that she paints.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Painting has its challenges.

Some paintings take longer than others, and some never see the light of day after completion. I try and maintain a high standard with the work I send to galleries and of course, there will always be a painting that didn’t sell or a rejection from a juried show.

There are physical challenges too when Plein air painting; my easel has blown over more than once and my painting has landed in the dirt!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My work is mostly representational in style infused with a contemporary nuance of saturated colors. I enjoy creating art that is fresh and vibrant! My zest to paint is fed by the places I know and love. I often have a strong connection to the environments that I paint and I hope this translates to the canvas! I always try to simplify the composition and not be overly explicit with details. My intent is to capture the effects of light, movement, mood and space in the landscape using value relationships and color. My goal for each painting is to create a visual dialogue of opposing elements and to create a narrative within the two-dimensional space.

What do you think about luck?
I don’t believe luck has played much of a role in my art career so far. Lots of hard work has gone into developing as an artist. Sure, I have my frustrations and setbacks like anyone else but I also have a thick skin.

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