Early Art Success
My love of making art began as a young child and continued into my high school years, when one of my prints won a Scholastic Gold Key art award and was exhibited locally. That success led to painting and design commissions and inspired me to earn a degree in art history from the University of Chicago. It also led me to combine my interests in writing and art by launching a fine arts column in a local newspaper.
Writing, Career, And A Return To Painting
Over time, writing took on more urgency because of the need to make a living, and my life shifted to a career as a writer and communications and public relations professional. That change kept me from painting for more than 15 years. In 1996, painting re-entered my life when a friend urged me to take a watercolor class to help reclaim my artistic side. Since then, my painting has blossomed in new and unexpected ways, and my art making has expanded into numerous other media.
Watercolor, Nature, Spirituality
In the 1990s, my painting focused on watercolor, often combined with pen and ink. The early 2000s marked my expansion into working in oils and a deepening interest in nature and spirituality. The past decade also has seen my return to public speaking and performing arts — on various spiritual and mystical subjects — and my return to knitting and crocheting — often from my own designs — after decades away from yarn work.
Music And Poetry Added To Visual Art
In the mid to late 2000s, my artistic focus turned to arranging and composing music and combining it with my spoken word performance, paintings, video images, and photography to create mystical music videos. Also, my photography expanded to include full responsibility for creating digital images of my artwork, a major undertaking that required years of experimentation and testing to create new processes for producing images that matched my vision for presenting my watercolors and oil paintings.
Technology: Bringing My Art To A Wider Audience
In the late 2000s, my focus shifted yet again. To bring my art to a wider audience — while having full control over how it looks and is presented — it became necessary to learn web technology to build a website that could be a congenial home for my artworks and my artistic vision. My first self-designed website launched in 2011 and won an international award for design and communication excellence.
In 2013, in response to changing technology and innovations that could make my site more powerful yet flexible, we began planning for a major shift in our web presence. In mid-2015, we saw the fruits of that effort when we successfully moved the contents of the original site to a new site, www.annenordhausbike.com, created using the latest website technology.
With a new site that offers greater artistic control and a seemingly “sky’s the limit” feeling when it comes to my art and creativity, the future feels bright, exciting, and happily unknown at this point. It’s going to be my pleasure to return to my artistic roots and explore new possibilities for art and for bringing it to the world via technology.
Here’s to the future!
See My Art Now
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