A lifetime of travels plus studies in history, literature, government and foreign affairs have formed Reno resident and selected 2013 Artown poster artist Annie Hall’s colorful artistic expression.
Growing up in an academic family from the south, Annie found a passion for painting at a young age, only to pursue it later in life. Her 52-year marriage to a Navy doctor took her around the country and globe, travels that offered multi-faceted artistic inspiration and honed her skill for “problem solving through color.”
During that time, she became a student of Literature, and earned a B.A. in History before exploring postgraduate work in Government and Foreign Affairs. While honeymooning in Reno, she and her husband fell in love with the area, returning to call it home after years of living in various parts of the country. Only then did she avidly pursue painting.
Primarily using oils, Hall’s diverse portfolio includes everything from abstracts to landscapes, political pieces to nudes and still lifes. Her exploration and understanding of color is showcased in every subject matter, which range from serious to whimsical.
This year’s selected Artown artwork – which serves to illustrate the 2013 festival as a whole, and from which most promotional pieces are based upon – was inspired by three Reno elements which Hall depicted in an abstract giclée: light, lay of the land, and people. Through concept, composition and color, she captured the spirit of this year’s festival. Hall also boasts the honor of being Artown’s eldest poster artist since the festival’s inception.
Annie Hall’s exuberance for Reno – and the arts – served as her inspiration. “’Open a new window, open a new door’ – a line in a great song from the musical Mame inspired me.” exudes Hall. “I tapped into my heart, and reasons why we’re here, then created the composition and chose colors to elicit movement. The suggestion of doors, windows and buildings outline the energy core of the painting, with Artown, Wingfield Park and our amazing River as the center. I feel Artown opens doors to the world…what a great thing!”
For more information on Annie Hall, visit www.AnnieHallStudio40.com, or see her work at the Liberty Gallery, located at 100 West Liberty Street.