John Beerman: Renewed Wonder

Nov 16, 18

The evening of October 25th was a magical opening with one of North Carolina’s most prominently collected living artists, John Beerman. Predominately known for his luminous depictions of nature and landscape, he is an interesting individual who’s artistic career and practice has been a pleasure to study and acknowledge with his solo exhibition ‘Renewed Wonder’ currently on display at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery till late November.


House at Dusk, Corona by John Beerman

John Beerman is from originally from Greensboro, North Carolina.

“My grandparents had a cottage up in the mountains And as a very young child we would spend our summers up there. And I really attributed to my uncle, who was an amateur painter And I used to watch him paint and i was just about that tall— And I think it all started there”.

He attended university at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, he was a studio assistant to Jasper Johns, another remarkable American artist who like John, is from the south.

“Early on I was the studio assistant for Jasper Johns, and that was a Wonderful experience and that was up in New York, but he was also a Southerner- so i think I related to Jasper And I saw a lot of the New York art world, which I wanted to become a part of, and it was a very very Good experience.”

Jasper Johns was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and has also held the title of ‘most paid for a work by a living artist’ at several points in his career.

Flag by Jasper Johns

After working for Jasper, John Beerman moved to the Eastern tip of Long Island where he practiced more as an abstract painter. Along the way he felt he found the end to abstraction, and began to study landscape more, and discovered the American Luminist School of Painting, also known at the Hudson River School most commonly. This beacon of artistry is what birthed the Luminicsm art movement founded by Thomas Cole in 1825. The painters, while an informal group—were widely celebrated for their realistic aesthetic and natural depictions of the Hudson River and its surrounding, untouched habitat.

“I really discovered the landscape out there and concurrent with that I also discovered the American Luminist School of Painting- which was the 19th century very sophisticated school of landscape painting that I didn’t know about earlier, and a lot of those paintings were of the New England coast—that I went up to explore. So, it really—that move out to the eastern tip of long island kind of started me on my landscape”.

Mountain, New Moon by John Beerman

This all came together to inadvertently begin his art career—30 years in the Hudson River Valley of New York; He then moved back to North Carolina, 10 or so years ago and is now a part of the permanent collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and also has art work hanging in the White House!

“I think that it is at the core of what I do; It’s what I want to convey in my work—is the very specific type of light”.

John Beerman was truly a delight to interview, and hearing in his own words, talk about his life, inspirations and art practice is a must-see! To see the full LIVE interview, please click the link below: 


Artist Spotlight: Sally Veach

Oct 20, 18

We are so excited to be representing Sally Veach, a new artist to Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery! She is a fellow mountain dweller from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and has truly been a joy to get to know.

She’s a passionate, innovative artist who expresses herself, her thoughts, ideas and inspirations not only in her words written here, but also in her expressionistic paintings. Her work is especially meaningful as her Barns of Shenandoah series depicts “the tragedy of historic barns and the fact that they are slowly returning to nature”.

The preservation that occurs by making these paintings is the essence of the artists surroundings; the beauty, color and energy that occurs within nature. Her depictions thrill the viewer with the way air and earth come together to move nature, and also allow it to reclaim. Barns come from trees that belong to the soil, and in turn barns rest upon that soil, that ultimately takes back what is theirs.

Read on to learn more about Sally Veach: as an artist, her likes and her life!


Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Currently Living: Woodstock, VA



When did you start your career in art?

Phase one of my art career started as a teenager when I began to complete commissions, earned a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, and continued in the graphic arts for a few years after graduation.  Phase two began about five years ago, when I reconnected with my artist identity and started my current, fine art practice in painting.

How long have you known you wanted to be an artist? 

I knew I “was” an artist from about age 11.  There was no question in my mind about “wanting to be”!  About five years ago, I then made a decision that I “wanted to be” an artist!  Sometimes it’s a strange, topsy-turvy world.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Gestural, Expressive, Colorism

Describe your artistic process and preparation.

My artistic process begins with the intense observation of, and inspiration from the natural landscape surrounding my home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The amazing of colors, energy, and atmospheric perspective of our natural world get quickly recorded with my cell phone camera. There are thousands of photos available to rekindle my memories.  I don’t refer to the photos for reference but use them to jog my memory of what was interesting about the scenes. This almost always has to do with color.  So, when I begin a painting, the colors and a basic idea of compositional design serve as the beginning structure.  From there the work takes a course of its own, and I enter a spontaneous period of adding and subtracting elements until I can see a pathway developing.  I’ll continue down that path until there are no more unresolved aspects of the composition, and the painting communicates what I am trying to express.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

My favorite piece currently is “Solstice 2”.  I love this painting because it most successfully communicates the colors, gestural expression, and style of working that I am anxious to continue exploring. I feel it is the most “me”!

Currently available at ANFA Gallery.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

I am inspired and influenced by the work of Eric Aho, a contemporary, abstract landscape painter from Vermont.  I also love the work of Cy Twombly.  I believe it is the gestural, fresh expression inherent in Twombly’s work that is so intriguing to me. He also practiced right down the valley from me in Lexington, VA.  Personally, I am inspired by my mother who is just now retiring from professional life at the age of 92.  At my age of 56, I hope I have that many more years to grow and develop as an artist!

Headwaters by Eric Aho.

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

There is a conflict between the personal expression of an artist and the business of selling the work.

How do you approach/overcome them?

I resolve that conflict by recognizing that the final step in art is communicating with the world by sharing your work with others.  For patrons, the act of collecting art is a wonderful, built-in step that completes the process of being an artist.  But the first order of business is producing pure, authentic work.  The two realms have a symbiotic relationship, but I am careful to focus on exploring my personal interests and inspirations first. If an artist does not keep this priority, then the work becomes contrived and shallow, and by default less compelling to the collector.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

Professionally, my biggest accomplishment is being offered an eight month show at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, which is tentatively planned for 2019.  This show will feature my series, Barns of Shenandoah,and is about the endangered, historic barns of Shenandoah County, VA. I have partnered with our local historical society and we are forming a group focused on raising awareness of and preserving the historic barns of Shenandoah County, VA.  I love that I have found a great way to contribute to my community through donating a portion of all barn-related paintings to the historical society.

Ironically, my art practice is probably also my biggest, personal accomplishment.  It was difficult to “face the demons” when reconnecting to the identity of an artist, and to believe that I was worthy to attempt a career in art took a lot of positive self-talk.  It goes to show, dream big and persist!

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I love to paint in my studio, which is in a room above the garage in our home.  It has become a refuge, a place belonging just to me.  It is often messy but I know where everything is!

A random fact about you:

I’m kind of a contradiction. I love to play golf but sing opera.  I love to learn nerdy facts but love to get glammed up for a night out too.

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

My favorite place to vacation is the ocean, or any large body of water. My dream trip would be a cozy cottage on a private stretch of natural beach.  Even though I love the mountains, my vacation would be to the beach.

What are you currently reading?

21 Answers for 21st Century Questions by Yuval Noah Harari

What are you currently listening to?

Jolene by Ray Lamontagne

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

Drowning in my sorrows.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My two grown children and my husband of 30 years.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Not sure, except that it would have to be someone who never has self-doubt and was free from existential anxiety, lol.  But probably, that person does not exist!

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

My all-time favorite artist is Eric Aho. I’d have to say that my favorite emerging artist is William McClure, who is also represented by Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Painting XVII by William McClure, currently available at ANFA Gallery.

Dream commission?

My dream commission would be monumental painting for a large public space or office building. But I’d have to find a bigger studio first!

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I want my audience to know that every time I paint, I am channeling the beauty and awe of nature through a filter of the anxiety of modern life–the human condition, you could say.  My message is:  Look Up, Remember to Notice Beauty, Remember to Find Joy.  Nature is a poultice for all that ails us and is free for all.

What makes your work unique?

I believe my work is unique in that I use traditional concepts of landscape color theory and composition combined with an abstract expressionist method.  My paintings are landscapes, but very much on the verge of pure abstraction, and I strive to make every mark free with the energy of my body and not contrived or controlled.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

Within the next five years, I would like to achieve a level of confidence in my painting expression to the point where each foray onto the canvas is an act of joy free from self-doubt. And I would like to be part of the conversation in the larger art world.


Come visit us at ANFA Gallery to view some of Sally Veach’s available works, and check out to learn even more about this wonderful woman and look at her entire breathe of work!


And She Rises, by Sally Veach currently available at ANFA Gallery.




In Tandem: Ellen Levine Dodd

Oct 3, 18

Ellen Levine Dodd is one of the artists ANFA is featuring in our currently hung show, In Tandem, alongside Joyce Howell—visit previous post to learn more about her!

Dodd is a bright and fabulous woman who’s life-long love of art has generated both large-scale, encapsulating, tactful paintings—as well as simple, yet complex smaller works that demonstrate the components and departed layers of her gestural attributions. Framed together or individually, these works on paper are so satisfying and claim intrigue.

Read on to learn more about the Ellen Levine Dodd, her artwork and her remarkably adventurous life thus far!

Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts

Currently Living: Novato, California

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I started drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a crayon, pencil and brush. As a child, a stack of paper and a pencil or paintbrush would entertain me for hours. I was given my first watercolor paint set at 4. I started doing photography at age 8 with my ‘Brownie’ camera. I’ve always loved looking at and doing art, and lucky for me, my family always supported and encouraged me. I took art classes all through school and I went to Clark University on an art scholarship. When I was graduating from Sonoma State University in California, the assistant director of the SFMOMA was giving a talk, and said,” 10 years from now only 2 of you will be practicing your art professionally.” I looked around the crowded courtyard and wondered who the other person would be.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:  colorful expressive gestural.

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

I always have music playing when I paint. I usually start by working on small watercolor and mixed media studies as a warmup exercise to work out ideas for color palettes and compositions. On the larger painting I work intuitvely without directly copying from my studies. The initial under-layers of wild colors and experimental shapes will be edited and refined as the painting develops.

The next stage is built up with oil and cold wax mixed with various mediums, charcoal, graphite, oil pastels, oil sticks, and wax crayons, colored pencils. Whether using acrylic or oils the painting is built up with multiple layers of paint, scratching into the surface, drawing on top, painting over and obscuring, or glazing to create a veiled look. When the painting is finished I work hard to find the right words for the title that add insight into the story told visually by the brushstrokes.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

One favorite is “The water is deeper than what it reflects.” I love the range of blues in it, and the depth created by the lighter shapes floating over the darker underlayers. For me it expresses the spirit of challenge and struggle, to keep on covering up layers with new layers until it feels right.

My other favorite is an older piece, “King Kong In The Garden Of Eden”, one of my first abstract paintings and a turning point for me in developing ‘my voice’. There is both truth and a sense of humor in the title. King Kong had indeed been stomping around my Garden of Eden when it was painted and it is a lesson to me that painting through my emotions is always a better way to handle difficult situations.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Personally, I am inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Serena Williams and Helen Keller. All 3 women are courageous enough to get back up on the horse no matter how many times they fall off, who have applied the focus, dedication, and hard work to their goals, fighting until they succeed, and who are willing to work to make the world a better place not only for themselves but for all others.

Professionally Emily Mason inspires me. Her work in color affects me emotionally every time I see her paintings…

…and Elizabeth Murray who inspires me with her courage to allow her structural paintings to not have to be conventionally beautiful in an expected way.

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

There are many challenges in the world of art. The one that affects me most personally is the inequality that women in the art world have faced for centuries, the challenge to have our work taken as seriously as our male peers. I realized that each time I was asked who my favorite artists are, I named male artists. I challenged myself to start naming women, who I both respected for their work as well as the struggles they overcame to have their art shown and recognized.

How do you approach/overcome them?

When I feel undermined or frustrated with the unfairness in the world, I get back up and keep on painting for myself, being glad that I have the resources to keep going.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

One of my most exciting accomplishments is to have my work collected by Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and Sloan Kettering where patients need a dose of positive creativity to ease their struggles.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I love painting in my studio in Old Town Novato, a short drive from my home. There is a large painting wall, a number of large tables, and the lighting is wonderful. I have space for my etching press and printing table, stacks for paintings, and a dedicated space to photograph my art, as well as a separate office space with room for my computer and my 54” Roland inkjet printer.

A random fact about you:

I love adventure. I’ve been an avid windsurfer and kayaker. At 20 I spent a year traveling, motorcycling through England and Scotland, taking the Eurail up to Lapland, and working on a kibbutz in Israel for 6 months.

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

Anywhere by the ocean is my favorite place to vacation. I love Cape Cod, nearwhere I grew up in Massachusetts, and Sea Ranch in California, near where we live now. My dream trip would be to spend time in the South Pacific islands, and then travel to New Zealand.

What are you currently reading?

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, and Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.

What are you currently listening to?

My taste in music is eclectic. Currently I am listening to Glen Gould play Mozart. But a short time ago I was playing a Leonard Cohen station on Pandora radio.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I cannot imagine not being an artist, but if not I would be an architect.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

I’m addicted to my iPad, with all my books, music, and a place to sketch all easy to take with me. If not my iPad, it would be a sketchbook and a mechanical pencil.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I’ve thought about this, but I’ve always been truly content being myself and don’t think I would want to give up even one day of being me.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

It’s hard to choose one. Emily Mason…

…Joan Mitchell…

… and Helen Frankenthaler…


Dream commission?

My dream commission would be a large scale mural in a public space where my art would be able to communicate and influence an attitude of positive affirmation of life.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

My art is an extension of my life. I work hard and spend over10 hours a day in my studio.

What makes your work unique?

My work is honest, emotional and primitive with bursts of raw energy derived from my gestural markmaking.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

In addition to my painting, I’ve been wanting to start teaching art workshops in my new studio. I’d like to partner with a foundation in order to find a way to bring more art education to the community.


In Tandem is currently on display and will be up though October 19th.


In Tandem: Joyce Howell

Sep 19, 18

The evening of the 21st of September, we will be featuring the wondrous works of Ellen Dodd + Joyce Howell, a dynamic duo whose abstract paintings inspire a spark of synergy. The first artist we are featuring for the upcoming show is Joyce Howell, an adventurous artist based in Texas whose water-inspired works exemplify the artists joyful and spontaneous spirit.

Joyce Howell is one of those artists whose laughter and happiness reflects off her paintings like light on the surface of water. Her paintings make you smile in the peace and tranquility they elect in the eye. We are so excited to be featuring her work alongside Ellen Dodd this September, their work together magnifies the bliss that comes from their colorful palettes and exuberant depiction of natural elements.

Read on to learn more about the intriguing Joyce Howell, and take a look at her studio!

Where is your hometown? Where are you currently living?

Hard to say…..  We moved several times, finishing high school in Los Alamos, New Mexico, so maybe that’s it!… Currently, I split my time between Austin, Texas, and Kingsland, Texas.  My studio is in Austin – we have a house on Lake LBJ in Kingsland.

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I started my “career” in 2007. I finished up graduate school in 2006, built a house and studio, then got to work. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy the making or the viewing of art. My parents emphasized a college degree that would help me earn a steady income, so my first degree was in business. When I married we were transferred often with my husband’s work. I also worked, but kept paints and would paint on the kitchen table when I had time, usually copying from photographs. I finished an an undergraduate program in art when my daughters were in Jr. High and High School. When the youngest graduated, I went to graduate school at Texas Tech University, concentrating on painting and drawing.



Describe your aesthetic in three words:

intuitive colorful expressionism




Describe your artistic process and preparation?

What I meant by intuitive in my previous answer, is that each mark or color I lay down determines the next mark or color. I don’t sketch or preplan. I just jump in with both feet, laying
down information with paint, pencil or crayon on a canvas. At some point, I begin editing and lessons from the basic elements and principles of design take over, usually taking a back seat to gut feeling and a sense of balance and harmony…. I work on several pieces at once so if I get stumped I just move on to another, keeping an eye on the problem child until I know what to do.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

The next piece is my favorite….. LOL. Usually when I’m finished with a painting
and it goes out to a collector or gallery I forget about it. I’m always moving on to
another blank canvas.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Cy Twombly have been artistic heroes of mine for a long time. Their use of color and mark making is poetic in my mind. Lately I’ve been intrigued by Cecily Brown. She’s such a wonderfully juicy painter. I’ve only seen her work in print, but I love how she uses a brush!!Helen Frankenthaler Joan Mitchell and Cy Twombly have been artistic heroes of mine for a long time. Their use of color and mark making is poetic in my mind. Lately I’ve been intrigued by Cecily Brown. She’s such a wonderfully juicy painter. I’ve only seen her work in print, but I love how she uses a brush!!

Helen Frankenthaler

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

I don’t pay a lot of attention to the art world outside my studio. I just keep my head down and work. If the great art “boss” came to my studio one day and told me I have to change my ways, I’d be in serious trouble. I have no desire to be narrative or political. I’m not interested in the use of technology. I like the feel of brush against canvas. My camera is smarter than I am, conceptual work is often over my head (don’t tell anybody – LOL).

     -> How do you approach/overcome them?

When I talk to younger artists I get the sense that they are trying to decide how their creativity will manifest. There are so many ways to be an artist. In graduate school, a very good friend who was well respected and had established a wonderful history of making work gave me some advice I took to heart. He told me never to stick my finger in the wind to check the movement of the day. He made me understand that my artistic voice is the only one that matters when I show up for work every day. To thine own self be true.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

I have two daughters to love and they love me back.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I paint in my studio. A little over a year ago I moved my studio from the lake into Austin. It is a work space with an apartment. If you are familiar with the book – Where’s Waldo, that’s my studio. Tubes of paint, brushes, rags, work in progress and a little blind terrier.



A random fact about you:

There’s something about a body of water that calls to me…..

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

I will go anywhere. I’ve had a lot of freedom in the past 10 years and I buy a plane ticket as often as possible. I’d go back to India in a heartbeat. I’ve been traveling in Mexico and Central America lately – would go back to Cuba again….. Am going fly fishing in Alaska in a couple of weeks. I’ve wanted to go to the Galapagos for a long time and I’m going there in January, with a stop over in Peru to go to Machu Pichu. If you need a travel buddy, call me…….

What are you currently reading?

Biography of George Washington and I, Roberta Manchu – biography of a woman from Guatamala.

What are you currently listening to?

I play music in the studio all the time. Often times I play the same song over and over – maybe for several days at a time. It becomes a white noise ear worm. If I listen to the radio or put an entire CD on play, I get distracted when the music changes. Lately I’ve been listening to the Avett Brothers, Eva Cassidy, Tom Waits…..

Tom Waits

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I fantasize about landscape architecture – that’s realistic. I also fantasize being a singer – that’s not realistic. At least in this lifetime. I remember telling God that if he’d let me paint in this lifetime I’d sing for him in the next. We’ll see………

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Good mexican food.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

A day isn’t very long……. I’ll think about that. My impulse is to pick someone from another time period – just out of curiosity.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

This is hard!!! So many! Today I will say Bernini. When I first saw the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa and Apollo and Daphne, it blew my mind. He could make stone bend and breathe…..

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini

Dream commission?

None. I will do commissions, but they aren’t my favorite……..

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I want them to know how much I love doing what I do. The best compliments I receive are from people who tell me they dont tire of living with my work and see something new in it every day. I like knowing that my paintings leave room for the viewer to have their own thoughts. I like it when I hear someone say they give them a sense of calm.

What makes your work unique?

I don’t like this question!!! LOL….. I don’t even think about that.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

I hope I still wake up happy to step up to a blank canvas with the feeling of joy and possibility.


In Tandem will open September 21st, 6-8pm. We look forward to seeing y’all there! We will also be featuring Ellen Dodd in another upcoming feature as well!


Artist Spotlight: Susan Britt Macon

Aug 7, 18

Anne Neilson Fine Art is thrilled to share their findings on an artist whose work individualizes the expression of abstraction and details the momentary aspects of color: Susan Britt Macon. A Carolina native, Macon is known for her use of bold colors and ever evolving knowledge grown in the workshops and classes she has taken over the course of her artistic career. Inspired by the color and movement, her compositions are influenced by nature, interior design, photographs, people and personal experiences. The unencumbered joy that is felt by the viewers of her work is innumerable, and we are so glad you all will get to know just a bit more about this wonderful woman as you read our exclusive interview below!

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

About 15 years ago I started painting as a walk of healing when my father became quite ill.  I studied under artists that I was drawn to their work. Eventually, I started selling and taking commissions.  I believe I wanted to be an artist or at least study art in the early 80s, but I didn’t because that was during the time of the birth of the “career woman”.   What would I do with an art major was the question. I studied math (the other side of the brain) and never made a career in it either. So, here I am going back to my heart’s desire!    

Describe your aesthetic in three words:  

Color/light, shape/movement and spirit

Just When I Thought It Was Over, 36×48

Describe your artistic process and preparation?  

First, I do morning prayer and devotions. I look through magazines, books, photos or take a walk outside to get inspired. What I’m looking for is the beauty in my surroundings and when I see that  “something” I just know in my spirit that that’s it! Then, I put on worship music and go to the canvas! Sometimes I paint what I see before me and other times I paint an interpretation of what I see.  

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

 I don’t know that I actually have a favorite piece, but I can tell you why I love painting.  I once had a teacher say, “ Don’t get to attached to your paintings. They’re not yours. They’re meant for someone else.”  I believe this! I have received numerous letters, emails and texts from people telling me how much a painting means to them or how the painting speaks to them or makes them feel such hope and joy.  This is why I love painting!

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Professionally, Alice Williams inspires me.  She was my teacher, is an incredible artist, a colorist, an encourager and a visionary. I haven’t seen her in a few years but when I see her work…I hear her.  

L’ Automne du Luberon II, by Alice Williams

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I really can paint anywhere.  I’ve had studios. I’ve painted in the garage. Plein air. Once I’m on the right side of the brain, I’m gone!  I’m in another world!

A random fact about you:  

For the past twenty years we lived in Florida.  We were transplants…not originally from there. We lived in an old neighborhood where everyone was related.  Our first Christmas there was just for our family of four. The children didn’t find that exciting after watching large families gather after the Christmas Eve service.  The next year I decided to start inviting friends that weren’t from Florida or going home to visit their families for the different holidays to our house. We called ourselves the “Island of misfit toys”!   Holidays were always fun and interesting!

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?  

My dream trip is to go to Israel! My favorite place to vacation is our family house at the Outer Banks.  We call it the Box by the Sea. No frills, nothing fancy. Babies bathed in the kitchen sink… outside showers as they grew older.  All day on the beach. Parents Happy Hour 5-8pm. Tomato sandwiches, Ice cream runs. Owens. Captain Franks. Jockeys Ridge. The Lost Colony and lots of family story telling.

What are you currently reading?

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors.


What are you currently listening to?  

I love learning and being inspired to hope with all that is happening in the world today.  I’m listening to two fabulous teachers, Rick Booye and Jill Briscoe.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?  

I’ve done everything from outside sales, retail, interior design and teaching school.  At this point in my life, if I weren’t an artist, I’d probably in ministry.

One thing you couldn’t live without?  

Jokingly, I have to say my big round brush and high heat hair dryer!!!  If you saw me on a hot humid day, you would tell me, “Girl, you need a big round brush and a hairdryer on high heat!”  No reintroducing the 80s!

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?  

My poodle Lolllie! She is spoiled, pampered and loved beyond measure!  hahaha

















Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

 Too many…Monet, Degas, Matisse, de Kooning and Diebenkorn. Favorite emerging/may be established by now artists are Caroline Boykin, Eileen Power, Janie Pinney, Christina Baker, Lucy Williams and Erin Gregory.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?  

As I mentioned above that I started painting as a walk of healing during a difficult time when my father was quite ill.  In that season of soul searching, I was asked, “what do you want to do?” I replied, “I want to paint!” Looking over both shoulders in surprise I asked, “who said that??”  My friend pointed at my heart and said, “I believe that God has given you a gift. Now, use it. Go paint.” I believe that my paintings express beauty from ashes. I pour out onto the canvas what I can’t write, speak or express….but, this is His gift!  I’ve tried painting series of paintings or reproduce something that I’ve painted before. It just doesn’t happen. Each painting is unique and has it’s purpose!!


A preview of Susan Britt Macon’s work currently available at ANFA:

City of Hope, 30×30

Sometimes You Just Have To Move, 36×36


Greener Pastures I & II, 24×18




McColl Center Alumni + Local Artists Feature

Aug 1, 18

Art Exhibition, Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depena, Tony Griffin, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi, Terry Shipley, Kristen van Diggelen Sloan, artist, art gallery

This August, Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery will be featuring the collective works of several artists whose work exemplifies the locality of its makers and distinguishes the alumni of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. This hub for creativity resides in a gothic-revived church that was built in 1926. After the church, a few years of vacancy and a fire that left the interior barren, it was bought in 1995 to become what it is today!

With the support of Hugh McColl and the Arts & Science Council, and with the vision of the FMK Architects and rebuilt by Rodgers Builders, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation opened it’s doors in 1999. Since then it “has become a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community.”

The McColl alumni artists that will be in our upcoming exhibition are: Linda Luise Brown, Ivan Toth Depena, Diane Hughes, Carmella Jarvi and Terry Shipley. The featured local artists to accompany the McColl alumni are Kristen van Diggellen Sloan and Tony Griffin.

Read more about each of these artists & the art— below!


LINDA LUISE BROWN is a painter, writer, and teacher, with over 25 years experience as a professional artist. Her work is abstract, painterly and lush, with boundless contrasting fields of color and texture that subtly vary as the artists knowledge of art history and architecture is deep – a valuable resource for the artist who often questions, pushes, and experiments with her alluding imagery within constructive composition.

McColl Resident Apr 3 — Mar 25 2013

Persephone II, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 48

IVAN TOTH DEPENA combines scientific, technological and traditional media in a new way the surpasses the surface it encounters. His use of innovative materials, custom software, digital fabrication and methods of contact with the surfaces of his works, blurs the boundaries of nature and machine. The output is a layered fusion of visual stimulation and invasive connection, that the artist pursues to evolve at the intersection of differing disciplines “with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly.”

McColl Resident Jan 6 — Mar 25 2014

Red Shift, mixed media on wood panel, 72 x 48

DIANE HUGHES creates mixed media photographs that emulates her passion for nature. Hughe responds “to a childhood uprooted by illness, frustrating diagnosis, and the stresses of disease, the physical power and symbolic wisdom of ‘Trees’…Drawn to the strength, rawness, texture, shape, and human-like depth of older trees, the core image always begins in black and white.” The artist then enhances the dimensionality of her work by obscuring the image with organic materials such as tea, dirt, raw vegetable juice, olive oil, and vinegars with the goal of creating color, texture, a new physicality, and an affirmation of health.

McColl Resident Apr 13 2009 — Mar 22 2010

Fallen Angels, hyssop flower, poppy, pine tar, & beeswax, 18 x 25

“The more authentically rich my relationship is to self and my expression, the greater the canvas will be impacted and thusly the viewer.”


CARMELLA JARVI is an artist and entrepreneur whose fascination and appreciation of water has inspired unique painterly forms of glass, with translucency and fluidity that are characteristic of their aquatic inspiration. “Her pieces have multiple firings and layers, with lots of cold working in between (using tile cutter, belt sander, and even breaking glass). She often utilizes kiln heat and gravity to move glass.”

McColl Resident Apr 12 — Aug 23 2010

Urban Eddy Movement, kiln glass, 10 rounds, approximately 60 x 40

The Urban Eddy Movement wall mounted kiln glass composite will be at our exhibition, but can also be viewed at the CLT Powerhouse (former Trolley Museum) as one of Jarvi’s public art projects that was created in late 2017.The enlarged translucent vinyls of the original water glass were printed and installed on the buildings windows and doors in January of 2018.


TERRY SHIPLEY is a ceramicist whose elaborate body of playful works is “usually sculptural, sometimes functional, always decorative.” The balancing act of stacking components  and the outrageous accumulation of color, line, pattern and elements of flora and fauna, can best be described as a true delight to see! Working with slab constructed clay, her imagery depicts the artists curiosity and love of nature—especially flowers, animals, and insects—that cultivates the energy of childish giggles and exemplifies sheer joy.

McColl Resident Jan 1 — Jun 1 2003

Night & Day, ceramic & glaze, 72 x 24 x 14 


KRISTEN VAN DIGGELLEN SLOAN is -a blast from the past-, all the while unravelling various aspects of modern science, poetry and ultimatley leaves the viewer questioning  the nature of their reality. Her large-scale oil paintings defy perceptibility and instead utilize Baroque sensibility and humanistic adaptation to conceive “monumentally scaled portraits of a spiritual journey or condition.” Amidst the landscape or figurine, her works encompass the human psychological experience and use complex imagery to refer to the best kept secret and/or reveal a tantalizing narrative.

Local Charlotte Artist

The Wise Virgin, Oil on Canvas, 96 x 57.6

Me Too Girl, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30

“Her more recent ceramic work adopts a maternal lens, and is inspired by the Southern craft tradition of the face jug… “the art of inwardness, or pedagogy of interiority.”


TONY GRIFFIN is a classically trained painter whose work displays the artists attentive nature of observation. Living and working in North Carolina, “he is a perceptual painter; his work is based on observation and response.”  Appreciating his academic training in the fine arts, Griffin’s work has evolved into a “more personal and direct interpretation of his experiences and surroundings.” His most recent works are of vases that represent his concept of siblings, and the way life has a way of chipping away at us, with the familiarity in baring lifes’ weatherings.

Local Charlotte Artist

Siblings,  Oil on Canvas, 24 x 48

All of these artists come from the local vicinity of Charlotte and Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery is honored to be housing their work for an exhibition to be appreciated by all of the Queens City residents and visitors alike.

Please join us August 2nd, 6-8pm and enjoy the coming together of these diverse individuals from the creative community of Charlotte.


Chromatic Shift

Jul 17, 18

Our latest exhibition, Chromatic Shift, explores visual variations of line and color by six artists: Marcy Gregg, Audrey Stone, Jeff Erickson, Michael Barringer, and Ken Tate. Each artist employs a unique approach to the inclusion of chroma and differs in method of distinguishing line; while Michael Barringer arranges several canvases to physically create linear barriers between each component within his compositions, Ken Tate actively inflicts color onto the editorial black and white images that reminisce those in catalogues.

All of the artists featured here are brilliant in their activation of color and composition, as well as their refinement in constructing multi-dimensional surfaces that envelop the viewer and beckon them to stare on.



A Texas native and remarkable woman, Marcy describes her work as “puzzles”. The use of line and color in her work magnifies the movement of entering an unresolved space, the details falling into place as you experience the composition, similar to how the artist experiences the new founding in the seemingly familiar. 

Take Flight, 60×48

Full of Belief, 48×48


Joe’s latest work involves the heavy application of paint in cohesion with the action of layering these thicknesses upon one another, with keen eye to detail and precision. The outcome is an enveloping grid-locked texture that holds strain like that of a basket weave. The surface of these works are so deep that truly to see them with one’s own eye is the best.

Big Box, 30×30

Two Toned, 24×24


Michael Barringer is a Carolina native whose most recent work depicts a combination of sheer and heavy layers, inclusive geometric collage with pristine detail to sharp edges. His use of vibrant color along side artificial shapes and natural inspired lines, creates an interesting composition throughout the viewers experience. His abstracts develop from a pattern of boundaries or thresholds using oil paint as a patina or veil. Contrasts of soft, faded color against bands of heavily brushed, solid color allows the work to gradually reveal itself, illuminating more the longer you look. 

Bloomstone (The Wine Dark See), 48×44

Bloomstone Fragment (Strange Fruit), 27×18


Audrey Stone, a Brooklyn-based artist, encourages viewers to look very closely in order to see details in her surface, colors, and materials. She uses layers of paint applied to unprimed canvas and linen to develop smooth and velvety surfaces of color. Fascinated by edges, she uses tape to form boundaries between her colors and expose the built up layers involved in each work.

I’ll Have What She’s Having, 24×18

Happy For Her, 20×16


Ken Tate is known for his unconventional painting methods that herald back to the deliberately chaotic style of Abstract Expressionism. His Intervention Series superimposes vibrant and raw layers of acrylic paint onto photographs of high-fashion advertisements and celebrity icons. Tate transforms the original image and adds layers of his own intervention. Whether squeegee, smeared, finger-painted, brushed, or squirted, it is easy to recognize the physicality of Tate’s active marks as the “shift” the original image into his own.

Soul, 31×25

Akris, 31×25


Jeff Erickson often leaves the paintbrush behind preferring a set of unconventional tools such as whisk brooms, drywall knives, bbq skewers, wax paper, tissue paper, and more to achieve a strong sense of texture and depth in his abstract paintings. He begins with thin, transparent layers of color, making marks with his tools between each layer. Gradually, the surface creates a complex variation of color built up by 40 – 50 layers of paint and marks. Finally, Jeff scratches, scrapes, and dissolves back through the many layers to reveal what was once hidden.

Crossing Paths, 48×48

Grand Finale, 12×12





May 14, 18

There is no energy like the energy of spring after a long winter! In celebration of this time of change and rebirth in the seasons and Anne Neilson Fine Art’s fourth year in business, we would like to introduce our group show, Botanica. Extending through June 1, the exhibition is devoted to new work by gallery artists Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follman, Pam Moxley, Eliza Thomas, Judith Vivell, and Vikki Stockton. 

We are excited to welcome this bright, versatile body of work into the gallery, and hope that you will stop by the gallery to see the artwork for yourself! Read more about the artists and the inspirations for their botanical explorations below.

Caroline Boykin

Caroline Boykin is a talented ceramics artist and painters based out of Raleigh, NC. Her newest works focus on combining elements of nature in delicate, mixed media canvases, utilizing oil, acrylic, porcelain, and resin.

Faithful I, 20×20

Blessings All Mine, 40×40

Jhina Alvarado 

Jhina Alvarado’s contemporary oil paintings often explore vintage photographs, and she finishes her works with encaustic wax, adding a slight sepia tone. Botanica includes six new works by Jhina, all small-scale subjects of bees and butterflies.

Butterfly I, 8×8

Vesela Baker

Vesela is a full-time artist currently working from her studio in Chattanooga, TN. She has studied art at the University of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her work creates positive, happy feelings and can be found in many private and corporate collections mainly throughout the southeast but also nationwide.

Everyday Joys, 36×48

Paige Follman

In addition to having a large portfolio of pottery, Paige is an accomplished figurative and abstract painter. Her sophisticated, contemporary style is self-described as “Matisse meets Picasso”. We are excited to include her “Figurative” and “Scene and Heard” series filled with striking color, pattern, and shape.

Figurative Scene 55, 18.5 x 18.5

Scene & Heard II, 14×11

Eliza Thomas

Creating a brand new body of work for Botanica, Eliza’s paintings are a homage to nature. Her work began in the winter when colors and light were darker, more shadowed, and traced the comings of spring, when gardens began bloom and colors came alive. Her use of pencil, ink, pastel, and acrylic on rice paper mounted to canvas make her intricate studies transform into beautiful artistic creations.

A Walk in the Fifth, 30×60

Pam Moxley

Pam’s fascination with photography and mixed media has lead her to create works known for their taut black and white and sepia-toned images, simple in composition yet complex in theme.  Once she is finished with the photographic component, Pam continues to create through several layers of paint and mixed media and finishes each work with a poured layer of high gloss resin. 

Departure, 30×30

Judith Vivell 

Studying painting in New York since the 60s, the talented Judith Vivell has artwork in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Yale University in New Haven. Her bird series, featured in Botanica, are not about documenting existence but capturing the sublime to create pure expression and beauty. 

Great Egret, 40×40

Vikki Stockton

Working with low-fire clay and glaze, Vikki Stockton creates intricate sculptures and vases expressing the beauties of nature. Living in Jacksonville, Florida, Vikki’s is inspired by the vibrant ocean life and colorful flowers of her city. 





Artist Spotlight: Paige Follmann

Mar 20, 18

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Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, the beautiful Paige Follmann! In addition to having a large portfolio of pottery, Paige is an accomplished figurative and abstract painter. Her style is self-described as “Matisse meets Picasso” and her playful works have been placed into both private and commercial collections across the U.S. We look forward to working with Paige and are so pleased to bring her work to Charlotte!

Hometown: Highland Park/Dallas, TX

Currently Living: Atlanta, GA

When did you start your career in art and how long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve wanted to be an artist since age 9; I told everyone I wanted to be an illustrator because I loved drawing. My professional art career started just three years ago.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Sophisticated, intriguing, contemporary

Describe your artistic process and preparation?

I work rather slowly and methodically. I’m not an expressionist painter. I practice a lot of staring, painting, staring… always taking note of what needs to be added to the piece before it’s finished.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

“Modern Wink” is my favorite. It’s whimsical but has a sophisticated feel. I also love the color scheme – it’s my favorite combination… calm and soothing.

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Paige working on a painting in her Modern Wink Series

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally? 

Entrepreneurs and artists always inspire me. I love making friends with artists and people who work in a creative field, there is always something to learn and ideas to be shared!

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

There are all kinds of challenges from mastering your process, evolving your work, getting representation and selling your art…

How do you approach/overcome them?

I think the key is to just stay focused on your work and what inspires you to create. Also, to go have enriching experience that inspire you… it always brings a new life to my work!

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

I feel really fortunate to have my work represented by some of the best fine art galleries in the country in a relatively short amount of time. I’m still emerging but I’m so thankful for the recognition and the clients who love and connect with my work. That means everything.

Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?

I paint in my home studio and I love it. I like to paint with the doors open, music playing, and my adopted pit bull is usually somewhere nearby watching me work.

A random fact about you:

Helen Ballard was one of my first purchasers of art! She bought a piece from me when I met her at an outdoor event in Buckhead. I love her style and Ballard Designs so it was such a compliment!

Favorite place to vacation? 

South of France. There are so many museums and amazing restaurants along the beach.

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Cannes, France

What are you currently reading?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

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What are you currently listening to?

I listen to everything but right now I’m loving Lorde’s album.

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What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

An interior designer or maybe a landscape architect. Or even a stylist! Anything creative would suit me.

One thing you couldn’t live without?


If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be? 

Someone with a totally different lifestyle… it would give me great perspective.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or favorite emerging artist?

My favorite artists are of course Picasso, Matisse, and Diebenkorn. They inspire so much of my work. I love the work of Meredith Pardue and also Carlos Ramirez.


Pablo Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 1932

Dream commission?

A giant work on canvas for a public building would be a great adventure. Large scale work is so fun.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

It’s my heart. It’s very personal to me.

What makes your work unique?

There are a lot of colorful expressionist paintings in the fine art world right now, so I feel my work stands out just by the genre. My figurative scenes that feature nature, plants and figures with geometric shapes and lines are unique to my style. They are something I’ve developed over the last few years. There are certain shapes I love to use in my paintings like greek keys and squares… I repeat that over and over again in my work.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I think every artist wants to reach as many people with their work as possible, so the goal would be to have my work represented across the country and do solo shows. That’s the dream!

Modern Wink III - 24x36 - $2200

Modern Wink III, 24×36

Figurative Scene VII - 40x40 - $3900

Figurative Scene VII, 40×40

Figurative Scene Palm I - 24x24 - $1800

Figurative Scene Palm I, 24×24

Sacred Femme Vase - ceramic bisque - $350

Sacred Femme Vase, Ceramic bisque made from a vintage mould, hand-painted

Modern Wink IV - 48x48 - $4500

Modern Wink IV, 48×48


Artist Spotlight: Pam Moxley

Mar 12, 18

Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, Pam Moxley! Combining photography and mixed media, Pam’s sepia-toned and black and white photos are transferred to a paint-layered board and finished with a high-gloss resin. Her work revolves around memories from her childhood and those of her own children’s, both of which explore complex themes through a nostalgic composition.

Pam Moxley studio 2

Pam Moxley in her studio

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Currently Living: Atlanta, GA

When did you start your career in art?

I started my career in photography in college and photographed professionally for a while after graduating.  I went into the corporate world for about ten years during which time I continued to photograph on the side.

How long have you known you wanted to be an artist? 

It was after I left the corporate world that I knew that I wanted to take my photography to a different place, a more artistic place.  I spent several years developing my technique and unique style before I started showing my mixed media work in 2006.

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Nostalgia mixed with high concept polish (sorry I could not do it in three words!)

Describe your artistic process and preparation:

I am a self-taught artist who creates photo-based mixed media works. I spend much of my time chronicling the lives of my children and my surroundings, creating images that emote childhood memories for the viewer.

Once I have finished with the photographic component, I continue to create through several other mediums. My mixed media works are individually created with multiple layers. I start by painting a dimensional board with several layers and textures of paint. I then use an image transfer process that I have developed to add the photograph to the board. I finish each of my works with a poured layer of high gloss resin or wax. The combination of these techniques brings each of these individual works of art to life.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

Oh, there are so many. Because my artworks often involve my children, I can not choose a favorite. Although some of my favorites are Deep Breath, The Chase, and The Wanderer.

Deep Breath

Pam Moxley, Deep Breath, 40×40

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Sally Mann & Annie Leibovitz

Sallie Mann, "Candy Cigarett", 1992

Sallie Mann, “Candy Cigarette”, 1992

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

I think that the world of fine art as many other fields has always favored men. I genuinely considered using my maiden name and my last name in my art career. I would have been Scott Moxley. However, I realized that that would defeat the purpose. I am often asked who pours that resin for you or who does all the heavy lifting. When I tell them, well I do, there is always a bit of a surprised look.

How do you approach/overcome them?

By being a strong, engaged artist. I just do what I do to step up the plate and assume that the fact that I am a woman will have no bearing on the outcome of my ventures. Most of the time this works with rare exceptions. I also really enjoy working with other women in the field.

Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?

I photograph everywhere. My studio is my house. It has taken over. I spend a great deal of time in the finished basement that is painted in bright colors including lime green trim.

Pam Moxley in Studio

Pam’s Studio

A random fact about you:

I have a 10-month-old Great Dane puppy named Willow.

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Willow 🙂

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

I adore Italy, all of it. I have never visited a place where I did not find wonderful.  Perhaps it is because I am half Sicilian.

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Venice, Italy

What are you currently reading?

Re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

What are you currently listening to?

The Kongos, Imagine Dragons and Hozier.

What would you be doing if you were not an artist?

I would be an artist of some sort. I could not survive without it.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

My family, my husband John and four kids Jacob, Ali, Lily, and Sadie.

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I would not want to switch but I certainly would love to join Sally Mann for a day. If I switched with her, I would not get to learn from her.

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Too many to name.

Dream commission?

I would love to do several 12 ft x 12 ft works.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I hope to draw the viewer in and bring back childhood memories for them. There is nothing better than getting a glimpse of a memory that was completely carefree and without grownup worries.

What makes your work unique?

I think the imperfections are what makes my work unique. I also think they are what make them beautiful.  I would hate to make work that was perfect.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years:

I would love to see my work in more museum collections and at some point, have a solo exhibit with a museum.

A preview of Pam’s work now at ANFA:

Departure - 30 x 30 - $3000

Departure, 30×30

Nightlight - 36x36x3 - $4200

Nightlight, 36×36

Monarch - 24x24 - $2400

Monarch, 24×24

Bee - 24x24 - $2400

Bee, 24×24

Deep Breath - 40x40x3 - $5000

Deep Breath, 40×40