For Annie Darling, the art is all about the process, the paint, her mood, and the moment. She does not know what the outcome of a piece will be when she begins, and because of this her work is about exploration and discovery.
Her paintings are layered, textured, and colorful. Some pieces contain more than 30 layers, or several “almost paintings,” as Annie describes it. Annie paints with wax, which is known as encaustic painting. Hot wax containing pigments is applied in layers to a cradled wood surface. This is an extremely tactile process, and she reworks pieces by adding and removing wax until she is satisfied with the final result.
She also uses an assortment of tools, such as an awl or a metal cake baker frosting tip, to carve and create defined markings in the wax. Annie worked as a graphic designer for many years, and her strong understanding of composition and color is evident in her fine art.
With each finished piece, Annie has a story that accompanies the artwork. Although, her process begins unplanned and the result is an abstracted view, the final meaning is quite particular and real.