ABOUT ANNIE MEYER

I consider myself a painter, but work in 3 different mediums: Painting (primarily oil and acrylic paintings), Oil monotype prints, and ceramic tiles.  My work has the same theme in each medium.

I am interested in the human figure, and abstract landscapes. I’ve drawn the figure since high school and work directly from a live model.

The landscapes come from places that I travel to paint each year. They are of specific places, but with minimal colors and shapes they are more emotional rather than factual in content. I attribute my affinity for minimal landscapes to growing up in the Midwest, staring out at farmland with a few lines and few trees.

My work has evolved into what I consider an abstract sense of time and place.  With it I aim to translate the sense of identity I feel with these landscapes and figures that are both from my childhood and myself today.

French Landscapes

Since 1994 I have spent the month of September plein air painting in France. The paintings and ideas  produced in France are the basis of inspiration for a body of work developed in my studio during the rainy Portland winters. This yearly sojourn to France, a beautiful place where I have some time to think and paint, has singularly been the most important thing I have done as an artist to develop my work.

Oregon Landscapes

In 2005 I started a body of paintings and monotypes based on the landscapes around the Pendleton/Blue Mountain and Palouse area of Oregon and Eastern Washington. I work there at the wonderfully remote and inspirational Crow’s Shadow print studio.

I have lived in Portland since 1980 and experienced  many summers of plein air painting here. But my Willamette Valley Series is more intuitive  of the sense of calm and beautiful colors of the exquisite landscapes just a short drive from my home in the city.

Waterscapes

Inspiration for this body of work comes from a collection of waterways in the Pacific Northwest that are part of my life. They aim to capture beauty and mood of viewing often cloudy skies and the reflection of that sky on water.

I have always been drawn to large bodies of water having grown up on the Great Lakes of the Midwest, and living on the West Coast all of my adult life.  When I travel now- increasingly it is to a shoreline of an ocean or the Great Lakes where I have room to think and dream, and watch the play of color from the sky and the water below.