Full Artist's statement
Ann Marie Coolick is an impasto painter focusing on geometric abstractions and expressionist landscapes using only palette knives and heavy body paint straight from the tube. Relying primarily on memory, Ann Marie's recent work references natural elements including visual enlargements of foliage and bamboo from her backyard in the historic Aurora Highlands neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. She slathers frosting-like paint layer upon layer onto the canvas with paint running off the edges, resulting in a sculptural, three-dimensional appearance. Her heavy mark-making and overlapping layers reveal the history of each painting, with her geometric work being a conversation of certainty versus indecision.
Ann Marie was a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center from 2004 to 2009 where she regularly had solo exhibitions and volunteered. She has since exhibited extensively across the mid-Atlantic including the Arlington Arts Center, Glen Allen Arts Center, Center for the Arts in Manassas, and The Hylton Center. Her work has also been featured in Creative Digest UK, L'Officiel Australia, and Elan Magazine. She graduated from Virginia Tech Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art (honors painting concentration) and a BS in Marketing Management in 2003. Raised in Manassas, VA, Ann Marie currently resides with her family and three young boys and works out of her home studio in Arlington, VA.