My paintings are the result of observation informed by imagination--a place where the iconic is seen in the emotional context of mystery and surprise. There is a powerful energy when sky meets ground. To intensify that connection I strive to create a psychologically-nuanced atmosphere of unexpected color, giving it depth and consequence.
Anne Ireland was raised in the suburbs of New York City, spending summers on her family's saltwater farm in mid-coast Maine, observing the broad vistas and changing skies of the surrounding landscape. As a child and young adult, Ireland was happiest drawing and painting, whether sitting in a hay field in Maine or working in a studio. After receiving a BA from Bowdoin College, she moved to New York City to work as an associate producer for CBS NEWS. Meanwhile, she started a family and attended painting courses at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Later her family moved back to Maine, where Ireland earned a BFA (with honors) from Maine College of Art in 1994, working with Connie Hayes, Glenn Rennell, Johnnie Ross and Honour Mack. Today, Ireland works from her studio in Falmouth, Maine, still inspired by the beauty of her surroundings.
BA, Bowdoin College
BFA, Maine College of Art, with honors
July, 2012 Deer Isle Artists Association 40th Anniversary Invitation Exhibition, Deer Isle, Maine
2012 “Choice,” Maine Art Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine
2012 Solo Show, Flat Iron Gallery, Portland, Maine
2012 “Bates, Bowdoin & Colby College Alumni Art Show,” Thos.Moser Gallery, Freeport, Maine
2011 “Celebrating Women Artists in Maine” Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine
2011 “My Maine Imagined,” solo exhibition, LaMarche Gallery, Bowdoin College
2010 "Women Artists in Maine," Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine
2009 "December Show," Elizabeth Moss Fine Art, Falmouth, Maine
2009 "Black Frame Invitational," Portland, Maine
2009 "Inspiration Italy," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2008 "Anne Ireland and Dennis Rafferty: New Works," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2008 "Anne Ireland and Holly Ready," Cygnet Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine
2008 "Three MECA Women," Cape Cottage Gallery, South Portland, Maine
2008 "Black Frame Invitational"
2007 "Anne Ireland and Dennis Rafferty: New Works," Cygnet Gallery, Portland, Maine
2007 "Three Points of View," Slade-Hill Gallery, Yarmouth, Maine
2007 "Black Frame Invitational"
2005 Solo Exhibition, Cygnet Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine
2005 "Crossroads," Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth, Maine
2004 "Ten Years After," June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2012 Residency Fellowship at The Studios of Key West
1993 Harley Flaws Merit Scholarship
1991 Payson Scholarship Competition, Honorable Mention
2010 Cover Painting, LL Bean Spring Catalog, January
2009 Phil Isaacson, "Inspiration Italy," Portland Press Herald/Sunday Telegram, June 21
2009 "Ones to Watch," Maine Home + Design, May, p. 83
Thos. Moser, Freeport, Maine
Flat Iron Gallery, Portland, Maine
Happily accepting commissions to paint your favorite Maine landscape. Please contact the artist.