Announcement Thanks for visiting my shop! Here you will find whimsy, intrigue and perhaps a reflection of your own inner world.
Thanks for visiting my shop! Here you will find whimsy, intrigue and perhaps a reflection of your own inner world.
Creating connections through art
I am very much inspired by anything vintage or old. It is the uniqueness of a particular item and the visual appeal of a by-gone era that I find intriguing. Every thrift store find or antique treasure holds a story that is calling to be explored. Similarly, the faces appearing in old found photos from the past have stories yet to explore and this is my attempt when I create a scene or mood inspired by an old photo. I also collect old yearbooks as they are filled with amazing faces and are a "time capsule" of the hair and clothing styles of the time.
I will start a painting by first finding a photo that inspires me. I especially like black and white photos that I can re-interpret with my own colors. I will often start with a sketch on tracing paper, refining it until I have an image I am pleased with. An underpainting of red or burnt sienna is my next step, and when this is dry I sketch the image onto the canvas and start filling in colors and shading. I allow the painting to morph as needed. I might add a background that reflects the state of mind of the person(s) in the painting, or sometimes an animal is added to create interest. I am often pleasantly surprised by the story that reveals itself when I am finished.
When someone appreciates or connects in some way to my art, it creates a bridge between us and I feel a kinship and connection to that person. I can't imagine a better way to satisfy my need to share a unity with others than through my art.
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I am an oil painter and recent transplant to Taos NM, from Portland OR. My favorite subjects are people and animals and whatever lies between. Many of my images are inspired by found photos, history, mythology and the magic that surrounds us.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Canada and Australia addresses will be shipped first class.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
All prints are signed by the artist, enclosed in an acid-free plastic sheet and sandwiched between cardboard.
Q: Can I request a different size not offered here?
A: YES. Feel free to contact me via Etsy or annamagruder [!at] hotmail.com. I can print custom sizes.
Q: Do you sell originals of your paintings?
A: YES. You can find out what is available as well as see my full portfolio of work at www.annamagruder.com - Look under "View Art".
Thank you! I look forward to doing business with you! -Anna
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