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with Annie Allen
Annie Allen is a visual artist who originates from Havre, Montana. She currently resides in Lincoln, Montana living in the mountains and breathing in the beauty that surrounds her. She is a teacher, a story teller, a promoter of the human spirit. She devotes much of her time to her students, the creation of art, and promoting art in a small town atmosphere. Annie has explored combining different mediums and techniques allowing a rich tapestry of color to prevail in her work. She is on a vision quest rich with layers and textures.
There was a time in her life when burning occurred…scorching and at the same time cleansing. This resulted in the business name Roasted. Annie established Roasted as an art house where patrons could view art and learn about art in a non-threatening manner. It was a valuable experiment. Roasted transformed her art and her view on life.
Roasting, surprisingly, keeps moisture in allowing a tenderness (a scientific viewpoint). From this transformation water began to play a vital role in her compositions. Water reveals a softness, an energetic quality to the canvas she paints. Annie combines dyes, acrylics and an energetic vision with journeys on the land. The land produces energy that explodes and translates to the canvas.
I feel that art is a basic need in all of us. Expressing ourselves through visual arts, dance, music, writing or drama (not to mention many other art forms) is vital for our well-being and exploration of our spiritual side. We are connected to others through energy and vibrations. The arts allow us to be in tune to the energy that surrounds us.
“Connections to humans, to the earth, to the world around us provide the fuel and passion to create meaningful artwork and to explore the world of human emotion.” Annie Allen