E: Looking at your Scarlett is like looking into my own imagination. Can you tell me about how you came to create this piece?
A: The moment when Will and Scarlett first meet is quite beautiful and it felt like time stopped around me when I was reading that chapter. I knew I had to illustrate it! I imagined soft colors and whirling leaves. I felt like watercolor would suit the moment just fine.
E: I’ve looked at several of your pieces, and many of them seem to share a certain sensibility, a kind of simple, quiet… something. How would you define your aesthetic?
A: I like to think my art reflects a little magic, solitude, and reflection in each piece. I love the feeling when you understand the whole world as you look up at the stars. I try and add a dash of that into the illustration.
E: Who and what inspires you?
A: I've been goo goo about quotes and poetry lately. I love Mary Oliver, Mark Twain, and Maya Angelou.
E: What is a typical work day like for you?
A: I teach art classes 3-4 days a week, but I work on art in the mornings at my little white desk, sketching, painting, or just playing around. I'm currently working on a couple children's book ideas. I'll sketch, do some research, facebook, then sketch again.
E: Do you have a favorite type of art to create?
A: There's nothing more fulfilling than whipping something up completely on a whim. That's my favorite kind; the kind where it's truly inspired and as soon as the idea hits, I have to do it.
E: What other projects—both professional and personal—are you involved in?
A: I'm doing all the posters and website graphics for my band, Good Girls and Smokers. It's been fun branding the band and designing merchandise. Besides that I have my two children's books that have become back burner regulars but I still love taking them out and working on them. I have a hard time rushing the children's books I work on... they mean too much to me.
E: What advice would you give people who’d like to break into the art world?
A: I would only say-- if you love it, then make it a part of your life, have fun, and opportunities will surface for you.
E: Do you have a web presence?
A: I do! I have a website, blog, Facebook page, pinterest board, and you can find me on a few other business sites.
E: Do you have a favorite moment in SACRED?
A: By far my favorite moment is the one I illustrated. It was mysterious and electric! I'm still reading SACRED, so I'm sure several moments will top that one soon, but until then, it's a lovely scene and it has left me wanting and wondering!
And here's Annie's SACRED piece once more. Thank you, Annie!