Anne Bedrick lives in New Rochelle, NY. She has been an artist her whole life, first as a sculptor and now as an abstract oil painter.
Although Anne studied sculpture at the University of Michigan and in Florence, Italy, as a painter Anne is self-taught. She first learned about cold wax, a medium that looks remarkably like Crisco, in the summer of 2015. Unlike encaustic, which uses heat, cold wax is used at room temperature and simply mixed with oil paint. By using the cold wax both thickly and thinly, textures can be crafted at the same time that transparencies are created, allowing Anne to produce the rich surfaces that her work is known for.
In the few years that Anne has been painting, she has already been granted eight solo exhibitions at a variety of venues.
In addition to being an artist, Anne is an art educator. She first taught art to adults and then to children for a total of 25 years. Anne is the author of the interactive eBook, Choice Without Chaos, Co-President of the National Art Educators special interest group Choice-Art Educators, as well as a public speaker who presents nation-wide about the value of student-directed learning.
Anne welcomes visitors to her studio at 616 Forest Avenue, Larchmont, NY by appointment. Contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to visit.
Raw energy contrasts with calm passages and fluid marks amidst subtle color shifts, referencing the subconscious, outside of literal meanings. Cold wax is my partner surprising me with its varying nature and allowing me to access subtle shifts and bold distinctions. After years of teaching art to children I have absorbed their immediacy of material and of working in the moment.
My canvas is a place of sanctuary, a place to slow down to listen to the conversation of colors and textures and subtle variations. Stopping to actually see the essence of this color or shape next to that one creates the visual equivalent of umami; a savory flavor created from the perfect blend of bold vs. subtle, messy vs. neat, quiet vs. loud, transparent vs. opaque, fast vs. slow, and bright vs dull. As I intuitively build layers and pare them back down, colors consort and negotiate for space, creating joyful energetic compositions.