Inspiration for my work is found through first-hand observation and experience in the natural world. It is where I always discover something to pique my interest and curiosity. In response, a need to visually explore and express what intrigues me takes hold.
The choice of printmaking methods and materials I use is dependent on what it is about my subject I wish to articulate. A woodcut may offer a bold statement, an etching can evoke a subtler, quieter mood, or I may turn to monotype to experiment with color and a layering of line and form. Over time, the imagery evolves. In the process, I engage in something that lies beneath the surface of an image, bringing me closer to that exquisite “something” that first caught my attention.
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.