BIO: Born in Buffalo and now a Greenvillian, Annie has always kept her head and heart in one area: art. Not only is it her passion and inspiration in life, but it is also her profession. Annie is a wonderful example of why people ought to pursue their passion and make a happy career out of it. She’s never let anything get in the way of her drawings; the carpet, the fireplace hearth, her math homework, and church bulletins boards were some of her canvases growing up. While most parents fear their children scribbling away on off-limit materials, Annie’s parents let her creativity soar on whatever surface she felt drawn to. In her youth, her parents graciously gave her art lessons and continually supported her interest in the field of art. Annie eventually went on to get a degree in fine arts, where she was a very dedicated oil painter. After graduating college and getting married to the love of her life, she switched to acrylic painting. Now, as a mother of two, it is no surprise that Annie is preoccupied with caring for her (adorable!) children. Yet, she continues to paint, as it is her escape and follows the function of her life. For Annie, art is an enjoyable process of discovery and therefore, very necessary to keep her going in life. To her, creating art is like the beautiful breaths we take each day. Annie’s artwork is influenced by many of the little things in life. She admires the works of John Sargent, Leonard Baskin, and Mauricio Lasansky and is enthused by the earth’s splendors, fashion, poetry, delicately made objects, and everyday life experiences. Annie’s main goals with each piece of art is “to express [her] personal appreciation for the object shown and to provoke the viewer to appreciation for that object when they come across it again in their own lives.” She particularly enjoys landscape painting because it offers her lots of freedom and is truly able to showcase the paint. When she has some time for herself, she is working on merging the figure and the landscape. Annie Koelle is a lover of coffee, Wes Anderson movies, and raspberry pie and is proud of her “family of hipsters.” Her artwork is just a piece of her happy story.