Charleston native and celebrated painter, Anne Darby Parker, has spent her lifetime “creating.” Her talent and curiosity were sparked as a child, knitting at the knee of her mother, and an early career in photography evolved into further artistic study, revealing a passion for painting. Along her journey, Anne has consistently continued to build her skills in the visual arts. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Academy of Art University. Anne practices painting daily in her Sullivan’s Island studio, en plein air and in weekly figurative sessions. Her influences include a variety of artists and genres, and the intent of her work is to discover extraordinary elements within the everyday. Anne is active in the local arts community as a member of the Charleston Artist Collective and founder of the Children's Museum of the Low country. She and her husband, urban planner, Scott Parker, have three children.
“My art expresses how I see the world; it expresses my attitude toward life. My intention is for my art to convey my unique sense of freedom, confidence, focus, self-discovery, and how I embrace the unexpected. With gestural lines, I start the process of self-expression, releasing my hand to guide the tools. The lines set the attitude of the next step. I follow with layers of color and shapes to express the richness of life. Each is an exploration and leads me to the next. As the composition builds, I start to find connections. These connections are like the weaving of yarn and relationships in my life. I see them more clearly as I get to know the painting. The pushing and pulling of the paint is a reminder of being flexible and patient. I am conscious of directing the movement and contrast to reveal the focus. I add colors that work in harmony.”