Why do two colors, put one next to the other,
sing? Can one really explain this? No.
About Anne Cherubim
Art was always that thing I did for fun, that luxurious thing that I never had enough time for.
I tried to squeeze it in whenever I could. Then, one day I got to the
point where I was soon going to need to be able to work from home, in order to be with my children. I was
then able to combine that luxury and fun into my week.
I have been
painting for over 30 years, but my love for art goes back to a time I can scarcely remember. I have been drawing since I was
a child, so young that I cannot even recall. The story goes that my parents allowed me to draw all over the walls in my room.
It is obvious that creativity knows no bounds with a canvas of such proportions. This must have sparked an enormous creativity
in me that remains undeterred to this day.
With respect to art, as much as music or any other of my undertakings, I create
primarily for myself. That has to be the driving force. I have found that having a viewer in mind changes the way a painting
is expressed, a song is sung, a story written--and much to its detriment. I am more critical of my work, and not willing to
be satiated by anything less than what a painting fully intends to be.
I have worked and continue to work in various
mediums, but the bulk of my work is done in acrylic. I discovered an
impatience within me in waiting for oil to dry, but more importantly, once my children were born, I wanted to be able to use
more benign materials. I have a little side-project of digital paintings, as well.
The beauty of working in acrylic is also its
curse: a quick drying time. I choose to see this as a good thing. That you can rework something you don't like, and actually
remove a layer and find remnants of what you had hidden underneath is a joy. There are times, however, where the painting
dries too quickly, while I have had to step away to see to my little ones. In these instances, the painting has to become
something quite different to what I intended, just by circumstance. I am sometimes surprised by how far I stray from the original
idea, but it is never-the-less a nice surprise. Another joy is those times where the most beautiful arrangements of colour
occur on the palette. The colours mix in such a way to inspire you to create something based on the fantastic 'mess' of paint
you suddenly discover on your palette. Therein lies the beauty of art, the wonder of it; sometimes, even the artist is surprised
by what happens.
We do not have to speak
the same language, nor share the same culture in order for art to speak to us.
I grew up in Montreal, a metropolis of cultural diversity. Each part
of the city was alive with its own unique energy. One of the universals amidst all of this diversity was, and is, art (music,
being another). The dichotomy of growing up in a North American suburb, while being raised in the culture of a distant land,
has perhaps influenced the ways in which I perceive the world. The same holds true for the way I see art, and create it. It
is influenced by the world around me: by my time spent living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as much as suburban Maryland, and the
DC area. It is influenced by the energy and essence of having been a Montrealer for most of my life, as much as the desire
to once again visit the ever-elusive island, where my parents' lives began.
What's in a label?
As far as defining my work, I am not one to be limited by labels. There
is a vast difference in the types of art I have created over the course of my life, and I enjoy the challenge of new art forms.
The underlying thread in much of my work is the environment, and stewardship of the
planet. Subject matter
I keep coming back to include water and sky. The two have such an enthralling nature, and I am often enticed into trying to
capture them on some sort of substrate. You can read a bit more about the type of work I do on the Artist Biography page.
The arts speak to our senses, and can touch the very depths of our souls.
There is a musical element in most
aspects of life, as there is in art. Colors resonate at specific frequencies that correspond to specific chakras in the body.
The same colours and sounds affect each of us differently. I very much believe that art and music can have a profound effect
on a person's well-being, and as such, I am fascinated with the concepts of art therapy and music therapy. I hope to be able
to explore them more fully in time. The ability to heal through art seems to me a thing of beauty.
The arts enrich every facet of my being,
and I hope they do yours too.