Anne-Marie was born in New York City to Belgian and Dutch parents and raised exclusively in the French language until the age of 10. She has resided in many countries, from the U.S. to Canada, Chile, Switzerland and Mexico, graduating from l'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva. She relocated to California in 1976 and, after raising her two children, rekindled her passion for painting in 1988 at her studio in the historic ICB Art Center in Sausalito where she works full time. Largely influenced by the “Fauves” (“wild beasts”), a loosely allied group of French artists sharing a similar approach, including Matisse, Gauguin, Chagall and Rouault among others, her work is a blend of the European education of her early childhood combined with the colors, passion, and folklore of Latin America assimilated through her travels. Her work has been exhibited in local galleries and Internationally at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, in Stockholm, Sweden, and in a solo show in Santiago, Chile.
I have always been fascinated by nature, the human figure, and the animal form. My figurative work focuses on revealing the moods and feelings of my subjects through their attitude, posture, and eyes,
be it in portraits of people or their pets, often surrounded by imaginary backgrounds adding atmosphere and dimension. Commissioned work is welcomed.
In Nature my newfound admiration of trees in times of flooding has allowed me to view them as families with vital personalities adding wonder and excitement to my landscapes.
I paint in oils, acrylic and mixed media.