My images are my identity, my finger print on the world. Capturing nature’s synergy on paper inevitably challenges me to interpret subtleties of colors, light and shadow, design and shape. My art is an extension of a love for nature and a belief that imagination has no limits even with the simplest of subjects. I hope my prints will help viewers look at the face of a pansy, a slice of watermelon or the star filled night sky and see colors, shapes and beauty the viewers never noticed.
Presently, I am fascinated by reduction woodcuts — not just the designing and carving process, but the array of colors in something as common to us as a tomato. For me woodcut ink “mixology” is much like mixing oil paint. In contrast, I create the range of colors in my etchings with multiple plates overlaying transparent inks.
Printmaking is a mesmerizing art form that requires adherence to process while allowing for infinite avenues for creativity. It is my Zen when I need the “Earth to Anne” call.
A longtime resident of Annapolis, Maryland, Anne McLaughlin was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Nature and the outdoors became a part of everyday life in her youth.
As a faculty member at the University of Maryland, she explored her creative side working in graphic design and publishing. During this time, she also pursued new directions studying fine art at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Since retiring from the University of Maryland, she has been focusing full-time on her art career. Anne does continue to work as a TA for oil painting and watercolor at UMUC. Although oil painting was her first avenue of interpretation, the many years working in publishing while developing her art seemed to lead naturally to an interest in printmaking. This art form presents a less controlled adventure since printmaking takes on new life with each edition. Printmaking is full of pleasant surprises.