When it comes to cupcakes, cake and frosted cookies you’re either a person that loves and savors the colorful frosting on top or you might be one that prefers less frosting and more cookie or cake…. Whether you’re a person that loves to eat lots of frosting or a little, everyone can appreciate the loveliness of colorful delicate fluffy frosting, sometimes so wonderful you don’t want to take a bite because you want to enjoy it, it’s simply too beautiful.
Our featured artist this week creates abstract paintings that are truly reminiscent of colorful sugar laden frosting on our favorite deserts, but the best part is they are created with paint, so you can enjoy the beautiful texture and colors far longer than a cupcake. Oh and did I mention she also has a cake inspired collection where she takes wood circular pieces stacked that look just like a cake and paints them with beautiful colored paints, no joke, they are bad ass!
She teamed up with Casetify recently and created an amazing line of colorful phone cases and I phone wrist bands that are sure to delight the eyes and tickle the taste buds. If you’re not yet following her, be sure to, and also check out all of her amazing work, she not only sells her originals, but has very affordable prints you can purchase to add to your colorful home gallery wall as well!
Phone Cases, iPhone Watch Bands: https://www.casetify.com/annmariecoolick/collection
Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I’m a painter focusing on super textural frosting-like pieces using only palette knives. I started painting in high school art class and also studied art and business in college. I’ve been painting almost exclusively with knives for about 15 years.
How would you describe your home decor style?
We live in a renovated WW2 craftsman bungalow so we have many space challenges to work around. Our home is traditional but small, so I really have to maximize every inch of wall space. Aside from my loft studio, my favorite room in the house is our dining room. It has one of the largest pieces I’ve ever done, a 50″x50″ piece of Arikok Lagoon in Aruba where my husband and I honeymooned, and the opposite wall is a gallery-style display including works I’ve traded with some of my favorite women artists.
What inspires you when you get in a rut?
When I get in rut I like to venture into the city. I live in Arlington, VA just outside of DC and I can get to the national mall in just 7 minutes. I love wandering around the Hirshhorn and the new East Building at the National Gallery. Just taking pictures and soaking it all in really seems to reset my clock.
What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
I’ve always loved pink, even as a little girl. My uncle gave me a little pig when I was a toddler and I loved it so much that I started collecting them. It grew into a pretty enormous and kitschy collection, mostly gifted to me by grown-ups, family, and teachers. It’s ironic that I was a little girl who would wear nothing but pink, yet now I have three little rambunctious boys who are into quite the opposite.
Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
I create all of my work in my loft studio. It’s a small space on our 2nd floor that we added on when we renovated about 10 years ago. I love that I can go upstairs, close the door, and be in a completely different space both physically and mentally.
Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
I’ve recently gotten really into ceramics and unusual types of artwork.
I just started collecting Brian Giniewski’s Drippy Pots because they are so luscious and satisfying.
I also really enjoy following Damien Hirst because even as one of the most famous artists in the world, he shares his life with his fans and makes us feel that we are a part of it. He makes it seem so much less intimidating.
I also love following bakers like Amanda Faber @amandaefaber and the ladies of Buttercream Bakeshop.
What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
My favorite items are all sentimental: the baby grand piano I grew up playing, my dried wedding bouquet, and a painting in my dining room of where we honeymooned. I love that they incite such nostalgia and remind us of our journey.