Artist Annie Meakin now lives in the spectacular region of Argyll & Bute in a village near Oban on the shores of Loch Etive in The Highlands of Scotland.
Living in the South West of England for much of her life and painting scenes of nearby Dartmoor, local villages and towns, particularly from archive material of a century ago to create many nostalgic scenes, mostly for raising funds for local charities.. she feels it is time for a change.
Over the years Annie and her husband have spent many holidays in Scotland and have grown to love the country and its people so much that the decision to move there permanently was without hesitation and it is now home.
The inspiration for Annie’s paintings come from a truly diverse range of subjects. Her worldwide travels, and treks to far-flung places, have provided Annie with a bank full of visual images, and now with such breathtaking beauty all around in this beautiful country, the subjects are endless.
Annie has a Diploma with Distinction for painting and drawing from The London College of Art. However, it was while studying for her Bachelors and Master of Arts degree in Theology/Spirituality in which she majored on the Art of the Renaissance (her thesis is in the library of Monsignor Verdon of Florence Cathedral- adviser on Renaissance Art to The Vatican), that the inspiration came for the visually graphic and challenging Encaustic Stations of the Cross, which have been exhibited in both Exeter and Truro Cathedrals. Encaustic is an ancient discipline using molten wax, which is why Annie has used it mostly for her sacred art works.
Annie paints in both Oils and Watercolour depending on the mood and scene in focus. Indeed, when approaching any artwork, Annie reminds us that it can be a window into the Spirit of the artist, forming a bridge from our physical world into something that can be experienced beyond our senses. Think of the times when a piece of artwork has stopped you in your tracks or taken your breath away. …Just be open to be changed for that moment in time…. It might surprise you….