Arts For Life Staff Spotlight: Meet Annie!

In this series, we’ll spotlight the staff members who make up the incredible Arts For Life team.


Home chapter: Asheville

What is one thing you love about your job?

I love the amazing Arts For Life community! I feel so lucky to be a part of such a group: the families who inspire me daily with their resilience and positivity; the kids who surprise me always with their innovation and creative ideas; my colleagues who work so hard while also showing steadfast support and empathy for one another and our community, and our incredible donors who model integrity, generosity, and passion.


What is your favorite kind of art to make?

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying drawing. It doesn’t come naturally to me like it does to a lot of other artists, but I’ve been practicing a lot and maybe I’m getting better? ! I’ve been drawing mostly portraits of people in my family and people I admire. I like to draw them in pencil and then create really bright patterned backgrounds behind them with markers and neon gel pens.

I usually only share my art with family so it’s a little scary to do this, but here’s a portrait I drew of one of my favorite singers, Nina Simone.  

Name one or two artists who inspire you.

Good Night Gerard Drive by Grant Haffner

Grant Haffner is a landscape painter. I love his work because it’s simple and graphic, but his use of color just blows my mind. My husband gave me a print a couple of years ago and it hangs over the mantel in our house.





The Safety Patrol by Bisa Butler

Another artist whose work I find beautiful, innovative, and inspiring is textile artist Bisa Butler.She creates incredible lifesize works of art using only fabric! She likes to tell stories with her artwork; she tells the stories of the history of African Americans in our country, both famous figures and ordinary people.




What is your favorite art supply?

Right now I’m using Tombow Dual Brush Pens for all kinds of projects. I love them because the colors are so vibrant and because you can transform them into paint with just a little bit of water! We own several sets in our house; they are worth the little extra money!

You can buy them in lots of places including Amazon, Dick Blick, and Michael’s.



What is your favorite internet art game or app?

Google Drawings is a tool I use a lot, for many different things. It’s really only supposed to be for making charts and graphs, but I use it to create all sorts of designs. My favorite thing to do is to create a drawing by hand, take a photo of it, then use google drawings to crop, move, rotate, repeat, and add to it to make either a digital or real-life card for someone.


What are two things you’re grateful for right now?

My family– my son Asa, my daughter Edie, and my husband Wes. Sharing life with them is fun, interesting, and always a learning experience.

Music! I can’t sing or play an instrument, but I’ve grown more and more to really love listening to music. When I’m working from home, I share an office space with my husband, and he is a great office DJ. I look forward to being able to go see live music again someday!

Endless Summer by Grant Haffner (over Annie’s mantel)

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