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Meet Anne B Schwartz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anne B Schwartz.

Anne is a dedicated abstractionist whose painterly imagination remains grounded in the world of places and things. While pursuing a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Oregon and further studies at the Gemological Institute of America, she always maintained a painting practice, which she kept up during her 25-year career as a renowned couture jewelry designer. The legacy of her expertise as a designer is apparent in her abstract paintings and their considerations of detail, drawing, design principles, color, texture, and refracted light. Having some years ago rededicated herself to her painting studio, today her canvases have been shown in numerous groups shows and are represented in collections around the world. She frequently works with art consultants and interior designers, placing her works in businesses, hotels, private homes, and design firms. Being based in LA, her paintings have naturally also been featured in numerous television shows and motion pictures.

Please tell us about your art.
Approaching art history with a flair for abstract expressivity and a designer’s confidence in choreographing fundamentals of color and shape, Schwartz wields a palette knife along with brushes to animate prismatic color stories in thickly applied oil paint. Her Crystal Auras series are opalescent mixed media paintings created with countless layers of acrylic saturated with mica, interference pigment, and natural minerals that glisten like geodes, and bounce light across their auric topographies. Her largest project, Ricordi d’Italia, merges her explorations of the mellifluous properties of color, light, and surface with direct inspiration drawn from travels to Italy. While these paintings still possess the ethereal presence of Crystal Auras, they demonstrate a more formally definitive, architectural sensibility, being derived from photographic source sketches highlighting geometric details culled from vistas and ruins. At the same time, operations of memory, deconstruction, and fantasy combine to render them in an abstract language, producing moody palimpsests and evocative scenic impressions. With Burst, Schwartz’s newest collection, we see small, intimate sections of works from Ricordi d’Italia enlarged into wholly new paintings — gestural compositions whose exotic rhythms are deeply influenced by her studies of Asian Sumi-e ink painting, which reveal their inner lives as she teases their essences forward from within their faceted depths.

For the past several years I have concentrated on my Ricordi d’ Italia series. I begin with a photograph taken while traveling in Italy. I paint the image on my canvas, and then the fun begins! I abstract the image using thick layers of oil paint, leaving small sections of the original painting. I capture the essence of the moment along with the original colors. During the creation of these works, I look closely at certain sections of the painting. These smaller areas are quite interesting to me and I thought they could make an impactful painting. I strove to create a simpler painting and enlarge the small areas I found so captivating and essential to the soul of my painting. Thus, Burst, my latest series was born. I began to create paintings with the feel and spontaneity of Ricordi d’ Italia but more succinctly. For many years I have painted in the Sumi-e Oriental style of painting and used some of these principals in my new Burst series. Think where the shape will look on the canvas, don’t go over the stroke after I paint it. Be mindful yet bold. Paint quickly. The paintings remind me of a flower opening, or a wind sweeping in. I don’t know where Burst will take me but am enjoying the experience and freshness of these paintings. My third series is Crystal Aura. Gems, caves, our earth and solar system are painted in an atmospheric manner with subtle brush strokes containing natural pigments, and interference paint.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Do what you love, take a business class, spend more time than you would like marketing your work. Get help from others if necessary. Look at art a lot. Go to museums and galleries. Learn to let rejection rub off your shoulders. Listen to others whom you respect. Remember that as one door closes, another will open. Find your niche for the kind of art you make.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I welcome inquiries from designers, collectors, and galleries. Paintings are currently available at: I welcome studio visits at my studio in Pacific Palisades, Ca. Paintings available at Kreiss Design, West Hollywood.

Thomas Lavin,
Pacific Design Center and Laguna Design Center

Art Pic,
MaryLinda Moss,

John Richard (Digital Archival Prints),
Zatista online gallery,

Saatchi online gallery,
My work is also on fb and Instagram.

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Image Credit:
Website photos done by Steven Koeppe.

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  1. JANE Houle’

    August 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Anne B. Schwartz is one of the most talented and prolific artists I know. I came across her work on Instagram and was quite impressed!

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