Artist Spotlight: McKenzie Dove

Jun 27, 17


Anne Neilson Fine Art is ecstatic to introduce McKenzie Dove, an artist featured in our most recent exhibition, Rooted. Three words that encapsulate McKenzie’s aesthetic, she states, are “structural, organic, and textural.” Whether small or large, her works exude a soothing simplicity and make a great addition to any living space!  To learn more about McKenzie’s background and her innovative painting method–read the exclusive interview below!

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Currently Living: Birmingham, AL

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

I had crayons and finger paints in my hands when I was 2 and I’ve always experimented with different mediums, but I developed my palette knife technique when I was 18 and sold my first piece when I was 21.  I was thrilled that someone wanted to pay me for something I created and my career has just evolved from there!

What makes your work unique?

When I started painting with a palette knife I didn’t set out to create a technique that was different. It just sort of evolved through hours and hours of experimenting with oil paint and a variety of knives. I was fascinated by the way the oil could be moved around with a knife (still am) and the way I could use it to work subtle color into a piece layer by layer.  It wasn’t until I started selling my work that I realized how unique my texture is!

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Describe your artistic process and preparation.

I am very passionate about design and architecture so I like to imagine the spaces where my art will be installed.  I think that a well designed space is art in itself and can bring out different elements in a painting.  Every morning I sit down with a cup of coffee and study material from magazines and Pinterest.  I draw a lot of inspiration from furniture, art, interior design and Cycladic architecture and natural materials like coral, stone and botanicals.  After my morning routine of soaking up inspiration I’m excited to jump into a new painting.

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McKenzie’s morning coffee and inspiration routine

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

That changes every day! But I would have to say “Sail” because I LOVE large scale work and I’m really into the greige tones in that piece right now.


Sail, 72×48

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Up close detail of Sail

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Artists from the past are a great source of inspiration for me along with some interior designers who I’m currently obsessed with.  I’m absolutely fascinated by the work of artists like Cy Twombly, J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet, Bruce Budd, Stephen Sills, Rosie Uniacke and Darryl Carter.

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Cy Twombly, Untitled (Bolsena), 1969, Art Institute of Chicago

 What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art? How do you approach/overcome them?

As I talk to other artists and think about my own experience it seems that one of the challenges that we all face is protecting the originality of our work.  We all like to be inspired by the work of other artists but it’s very important make sure that we don’t infringe on someone else’s original idea.  Many artists, including myself, have other artists try to replicate their technique and market it as their own.  While this is flattering it’s also very frustrating.  I don’t want anything to take the joy out of what I do, so I just stay focused on the things I can control – my own work and creative development.

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)? 

Marrying my husband! I’m so blessed to do life with him.

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McKenzie and her husband on their wedding day!

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

A bright white space filled with natural light where I can make a huge mess and play music as loudly as I want.

A random fact about you:

I lived in a small town for the majority of my childhood and we had farm animals. I actually used to ride my horse into town to buy colored pencils from our dollar store and I trained bunnies for 4-H. 

Favorite place to vacation? And/or dream trip?

Alys Beach and Santa Barbara are two of my favorite places but the architecture, food and landscape I’ve experienced in Europe can’t be beat.


Entrance to Alys Beach in Florida

What are you currently reading? 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s biography

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What are you currently listening to?

Whilk & Misky

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

Interior Designer and part time sushi chef

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 One thing you couldn’t live without? 


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

Victoria Beckham

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

It’s hard to choose just one! I love William McLure though.  He’s unbelievably talented and inspiring.

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William McLure, artist and interior designer based in Birmingham, AL

Dream commission?

I would probably faint if Rosie Uniacke commissioned a piece from me!

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Interior designer, Rosie Uniake, in her London home

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

I’d just like everyone to know how grateful I am to those who admire and enjoy my work.  I hope that if they purchase a piece they will treasure it and know that I invested just as much creative energy and passion into it as I would if it were going to be hung in my own home!

studioSelection of McKenzie’s work

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

I’d like to eventually incorporate interior design and maybe even furniture design into my brand! Design is such a major part of who I am and I’ve drawn furniture, lighting and floor plans since I was a kid.  I’m always drawing mental sketches when I walk into a home or commercial space and it would be so exciting to explore the creative process of design the way that I have with my art.

Stop by the gallery to see McKenzie’s work in person before the conclusion of Rooted on July 15th!

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Library, 40×40

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The Siesta, 12×12

Face IV

Face IV, 8×8


Artist Spotlight: Melvin G

Jun 21, 17


Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce to our viewers a talented artist who is featured in our exhibition, Rooted (May 31-July 15), which focuses on a diverse set of Southern, emerging artists. Morgan Elvington Walker, who also goes by Melvin G, is a native and current resident of Florence, South Carolina. Describing her aesthetic as, “colorful and controlled chaos,” Morgan explains how her work is inspired by her father’s experience with Parkinson’s disease and her three year old daughter’s experimental and chaotic drawing methods. Her father’s increasing awareness of his “lack of control” over his writing and her daughter’s youthful unawareness where she has not yet learned to control her writing both have had profound influence over Morgan and her artwork. This distinct theme of chaos balanced with control remains a constant thread throughout her work. To learn more about her background and artistic inspiration, along with enticing pictures of her captivating works, continue reading the interview below!

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Morgan’s father, an inspiration to her artwork

When did you start your career in art?

I began my art career in the Fall of 2015. I have loved art from before I can remember, but I never really considered doing it as my job.  I went to school for interior design at Winthrop University, then studied art and art history at Clemson University.  When I graduated, I went into interior design, and then fashion.  After having my daughter, I continued to design for my jewelry line (Melvin) with my aunt and do the window installations at Capitol in Charlotte.  After about a year of traveling back and forth, I decided to take a break from working. Six months later my husband bought me a large easel for my birthday, and put it in a spare room in our house. He told me to go paint as a creative outlet.  I began painting more and more, and I fell in love with it all over again. Now I can’t imagine a day without it.  I am literally doing it every break I have, and with a three year old and five month old maybe I should be resting.


Morgan’s 3 year old daughter, Liza

One thing you couldn’t live without?  

My family… and espresso.

Describe your artistic process and preparation:

When I first got back into painting I was discouraged because I did not like about 90% of what I was creating, so I was not doing it much.  I was talking to a friend who is also a painter.  He told me to just paint as much as I could.  I might hate most of it, but I would love some of it.  Then I could eventually take everything I loved and make something great out of it.  It was probably some of the best advice I have ever received.

With my abstract pieces I do color studies to come up with my color schemes.  Sometimes I do exactly as I planned, and sometimes I completely veer off course.  I usually end up liking those the most.  I always listen to music when I paint, and as silly as it sounds, I let the music take over my every move. I can always tell what type of music I was listening to when looking at a piece.

 What are you currently listening to?

Every song from the show Big Little Lies. It is possibly the best soundtrack I have ever listened to. My husband and I love music, and It is constantly playing in our house.  My playlist always includes Ryan Adams, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Nirvana, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Coldplay, Neil Diamond, The Black Keys, Bush, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, Bon Iver, The Hollies, Pete Yorn, any and everything Motown, and most songs from the 50s (that is all my parents listened to while I was growing up.)

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Big Little Lies

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

Safe Haven. My morning devotional was talking about how heaven is our safe haven. The world is a crazy, scary, beautiful, yet ugly place. Knowing our forever safe haven is heaven, a perfect, pure, beautiful place with only goodness, is so comforting.  When looking at it, especially on a hard day, it reminds me that everything will be alright.


Safe Haven, 24×18

Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?

Professionally: I made a portrait of Oscar de la Renta out of red, yellow, blue, black and white thumb-tacks.  He and his family came to see it, and he signed it.  It was such an honor to meet him (even though I do not really remember what he said because I was so excited and nervous.)  Definitely one of the top five best moments of my life.

Personally: Every single time I can get a work goal accomplished being a full time mom of two little ones.


Morgan and Oscar de la Renta in front of her thumb-tack portrait

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

Stella McCartney. Her career, her family, her friends, I would not mind trying it on for a day. Maybe even a week, but not right before fashion week.


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

Cy Twombly and Jean Michel Basquiat are my all time favorite artists.  I also love Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso and Joan Mitchell. My favorite emerging artists are Laura Deems and Dorothy Shain.


Jean Michel Basquiat

Dream commission?

Reese Witherspoon.  Always loved that Southern belle, now even more so after Big Little Lies.


What are you working on now?

My upcoming series was inspired by Leon, a man I met on the streets of Charleston.


Sneak peak of Morgan’s new series inspired by Leon!

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

 I want my audience to take away what they felt when looking at the piece.  I try to keep my titles very simple.  The abstracts are usually just the colors of the piece in Italian, and the faces are the name of a loved one.  From my experience, when I title a piece, the viewer is always looking for that.  I would much rather them see what they are feeling.  And with that, depending on how they are feeling, it can change for them each time they look at it.

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

To be five years better than I am today.  To challenge myself to get better and grow each and every day.

Thank you for reading, and come see Morgan’s work in the gallery before the conclusion of the Rooted exhibition on July 15th!


Annis Crown, 20×16


Verde Acqua e Rosa, 23×30

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SPF 1000, 12×18


Rosetta Peacock, 24×18


Artist Spotlight: David Hollier

May 2, 17

Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce their newest artist, David Hollier. Originally from Wolverhampton, England, David has been living and working in New York since 2002. He splits his time painting and teaching as an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School of Design. His unique series, Imago Verbosa, features iconic images of cultural influencers throughout history formed entirely by written words. The words are individually hand painted in acrylic and ink forming a strong textual aesthetic among the distinctive series. Keep reading our exclusive interview with the artist to learn more about David and his inventive artworks!

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Hometown: Wolverhampton, England

Currently Living: Brooklyn, New York

When did you start your career in art?

I sold my first painting when I was 15 years old. Two of my aunts opened a gift store and encouraged me to frame and sell some of my paintings. The very first piece sold was a watercolor of a misty marsh in the New Forest, South England.

Describe your aesthetic in three words?

Post Pop Art

How much preparation goes into a painting?

For me, its all about preparation. The clearer the idea is in my head before starting painting, the stronger and cleaner the result. I also make all my own canvases, boards and frames, which I feel is an important part of the process. Sometimes the actual painting part is just the icing on the cake.

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

I don’t have a favorite piece. I guess its always the next piece I’m working on until its done. Then I like it but think I can do better and move on.

Who inspires you?

People who get out there and do it rather than sitting around and talking about it. Whatever it is.

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

Firstly, its important to understand that ‘The Arts’ is one of the fundamental necessities of the human experience. It also has one of the most powerful effects on us. Today the ‘fine arts’ have become very marginalized and more and more exclusive, elitist even. The powers that be are aware of the influence of art and therefore do everything they can to control it. Art cannot be controlled. This is why we are seeing a huge global rising in the street art movement. Its why we are seeing more documentaries and independent films being made. It’s fantastic and amazing. It’s an awesome time to be an artist and involved.

Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?

I’ll paint anywhere. My studio is a mess – organized chaos.

Random fact about you?

I paint pictures using text, however as a child I struggled with reading and writing.

What’s a recent hobby you’ve discovered?


One thing you couldn’t live without?

I have simple needs. So I’m going to say ‘Humor’.

What makes your work unique?

Making an image out of words is rather unique, although there are others out there doing it. I’ve given it the name ‘Imago Verbosa’ (‘A picture made of words in Latin). And I certainly have my own handwriting style.

Biggest accomplishment to date?

The Nelson Mandela painting I did in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s scale, location and message. It was very much a solo project and there were many challenges. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pull it off. It was the first time I’d used a cherry-picker. I had a very limited time frame and had to paint very fast all night. My painting arm turned black and blue the next day. When I finished I literally wept. I couldn’t help myself.

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Time Lapse Video of Nelson Mandela

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

It’s available.

Come see David’s work available now at Anne Neilson Fine Art!Frank Sinatra - DH -Frank Sinatra, 24×24


Marilyn Monroe, 36×25

Joe Namath - DH - 44x68 -Joe Namath, 44×68

Beatles - DH -Beatles, 20×28


Artist Spotlight: Troy Dugas

Apr 17, 17


We are excited to present the talented artist, Troy Dugas! He creates intricate collages made up of recycled materials and vintage product labels. Describing his work and artistic process he says, “Repetition, pattern, precision, and scale are used to distract from the original purpose of the label to advertise. The essential elements of color, shape, and line are utilized in a new way and the altered context of the source material provides new meaning.”  Learn more about Troy and his artwork in the interview below.

Hometown: Duson, Louisiana

Currently Living: Lafayette, Louisiana

When did you start your career in art and what is your training?

At 18 years old I knew I wanted to be an artist. I spent 9 years in school as a very serious and determined art student until eventually graduating from Pratt Institute in 1998 with an MFA.

What did you do after school?

I was also fortunate enough to find creative work that not only allowed me to continue living in the city but provided new skills that I would eventually apply to my own work. I worked for Macy’s in-house label and enjoyed seeing the prints I developed hanging on the racks in the store. I picked up some pretty valuable skills and eventually did freelance work for Old Navy and the Gap.

Tell us about your role as the Lead Designer for Blue’s Clues

After working in fashion, I began working for Nickelodeon Digital Studios on a pre-school kids show called Blue’s Clues. I eventually became a Lead Designer for the show creating playful backgrounds and building characters from scanned textures working between the art team and animation team. I really dived deep into this world, and it certainly has had a long and lasting effect.


When did you move to Louisiana?

All seemed to be going fine until September 11, 2011. I could see the towers on fire from my apartment window and witnessed their collapse. Going to the city each day was terrifying as I would take the L train under the river and then another train right into Time Square for work. I eventually decided that I had accomplished everything I wanted and more from going to school and living in New York.

In 2002, my partner and I found a sweet little Acadian house on the Vermillion River in a small town outside Lafayette to rent for $400 a month! I was able to get an adjunct position at the University of Louisiana, and never wanted to give up making art, I felt like I began to make the most important work of my career. My art was finally taking root. A solo show in 2003 in Lafayette cemented the work I would continue for the next 14 years.

Describe your artistic process:

Scavenging, collecting, archiving, researching, playing, drawing, designing, cutting, shredding, arranging, glueing, painting, composing, looking, borrowing, rearranging, comparing, scaling, turning, tearing, sanding, layering, isolating, lining, perfecting

Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?

The Fayum portrait series from 2012 – 2013 was very exciting for me. I wanted to break away from the geometric abstraction I’d perfected using product labels and to do a series of “portraits” using the same material.


Fayum Prince part of the Fayum Portrait Series, 2012 – 2013

Describe your aesthetic in three words:

Ancient, futuristic, balances

Who inspires you personally?

My grandmothers

Who inspires you professionally?

Glenn Goldberg, Louise Despont, Benjamin Degen, and Ryan Schneider are artists I really admire.

How much preparation goes into a painting?

Some pieces require making a pieced together pattern that is then transferred to a surface and is very time consuming. The pieces I’m working on currently begin with the surface being covered first with paper material to create an all over pattern. It’s the first step in creating a history of the image that becomes realized.

Favorite location to paint/what is your studio like?

I live in a 1920’s bungalow type house right smack dab in the middle of a highway. It’s like a moat. Even though I am in the middle of town the yard is full of tropical plants, and oak and pecan trees. My partner is a Master Gardner and an all around nature lover who raises hundreds of birds in five aviaries in our back yard. It’s amazing what you can create when you are willing to live where no one else wants to.


Troy’s backyard in Louisiana

Favorite place to vacation?

New Mexico

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

I wonder if I could get a job at the post office.

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

I try to take risks in the work however subtle. It’s about discovery for me.

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

One of the homeless people I see everyday.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Acrylic medium

What makes your work unique?

There’s a lot of variety in my work from the materials I use to the images I create. Everything is tied together by the application of those materials and my obsession with shape, pattern, and balance.

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

Major grants have always been a great boost professionally, financially, and personally. My goal is to hopefully qualify for a major grant in the next 5 years to help me keep going.

Browse a selection of Troy’s work currently available at the gallery:

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Purple, 30×30

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Don Antonio, 45×45

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Glowing Blue Bloom, 38×48




Lunch and Demonstration with artist, Bethanne Kinsella Cople

Apr 11, 17

This past Saturday Anne Neilson Fine Art was fortunate to host the highly talented Bethanne Kinsella Cople for an educational lunch and painting demonstration. Those who attended were able to witness firsthand her expressive brushwork and well defined style from start to finish.


Sometime Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, 20×20

The demonstration began with Bethanne reviewing her preferred materials when painting. She took time going over the names of each color and best ways to first approach the canvas. To convey her rich, atmospheric landscapes, she uses a small palette knife and plenty of paint. She scrapes and pushes the oil paint in all directions to achieve her powerful images filled with both depth and beauty.


Best known for her plein air landscape paintings, Bethanne doled out tips on her favorite, lightweight easel and go to colors she uses to capture her direct observations in the great outdoors. Landscapes are her passion and she travels far and wide for her subjects. She recounted stories of painting on steep mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, closer to home along the Potomac River in Virginia, and near her beach house on the east end of Long Island, NY. She encouraged those in attendance to get outside and really focus on their observations of the landscape recording sight, smell, and sound.


Bethanne painting en plein air

During the demonstration, Bethanne explained the importance of the “rule of 3”. She emphasized a painting needs to grab your attention from 3 yards away and compel you to walk closer. It then needs to intrigue you even further at 3 feet away by showing you something different. As you get continue walking closer, the painting should reveal even more details at 3 inches away.


Guest practicing the rule of 3!

We were delighted to have Bethanne in the gallery to share her wealth of knowledge and instruct fellow artists and art lovers alike. Her loosely painted yet realist landscapes provide timeless appeal and fresh details at every glance. Take a look at her new work now on display in the gallery!


And See You Not, the Clouds Prepare a Shower, 24×26


Nature is Heaven, 40×40


Spring Fever

Apr 1, 17

Winter chills have finally subsided making way for the first few glimpses of spring. As we say goodbye to March, Anne Neilson Fine Art is saying hello to April by filling their walls with colorful abstracts and sunny, outdoor landscapes to reflect warmer days ahead.


Millie Gosch, Low Country Tide, 36 x 48

Millie Gosch’s vibrant landscapes light up our walls as part of the current exhibition, Timeless. With a love of nature, Millie’s open fields, marshlands, and sunsets are all painted “en plein air” meaning directly from life, in the outdoors, and without relying on photographs. Her connection to nature is expressed in the below landscape, Low Country Tide, which highlights the sun’s effect on the billowing pink clouds and low country waters.


Ellen Dodd, A Touch of Spring Fever, 30 x 30

Ellen Dodd’s vivid abstracts radiate bold colors. A Touch of Spring Fever combines different shades of blues, greens, and yellows in a flurry of gestural brushstrokes to light up our dulled winter senses.



Jhina Alvarado, Two at the Beach, 30 x 40

Jhina Alvarado paints her characters in raw umber and white to create a striking contrast against her boldly pattered backgrounds. A single color is applied to each stencil design to form the background of the painting. Finally, a layer of encaustic wax covers the entire painting adding a yellow-tint reminiscent of the 1930s to 1960s photographs Alvarado uses as inspiration. The timeless figures are cut off through the face leaving a trace of mystery and allowing viewers to apply their own memories. Two at the Beach conjures up memories of long beach days under the hot summer sun.



Kerry Steele, Electricity, 48 x 60

Kerry Steel uses terra, plants, and water along with seasons and light as her subjects. She seeks to isolate separate elements and narrate their relation without ignoring the conscious process of composition. Her spontaneous and emotive painting, Electricity brings about aspects of the changing seasons from winter to spring. Creating a visual metaphor, the imposing abstract painting at 48 inches tall and 60 inches wide engulfs the viewer with it’s dynamic juxtaposition between light and dark.

Stop by the gallery to check out these captivating artworks and more. They will be sure to add a spring to your step!


Artist Spotlight: Kim Fonder

Mar 16, 17

Kim Fonder, a talented artist we are proud to represent at Anne Neilson Fine Art, talks to us below about her artistic process and inspirations. Known for using a wide range of organic materials, her artwork reflects a deep infatuation with texture and touch. She describes her aesthetic in three words, “modern, primitive, and luxe.” Inspired by nature and a love for the outdoors, her paintings provide, “an opportunity to ground and create a calm and tranquil environment.” Keep reading the interview below to learn more about Kim and her fascinating artwork!

: Kim Fonder

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

Currently Living: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

I can’t really remember a time in my life when this wasn’t the case, from a very small age.

When did you start your career as an artist?

Formally, I began with photography in the early 90’s. I worked with a collaborative group that had a mutual darkroom and we curated and produced small exhibitions. We also met as a salon and critiqued each other’s work. Out of these critiques and some of the remarks that my fellow artists provided, I began to experiment with paintings. The experimentation was familiar, but sharing the paintings, that was very unfamiliar. This group of artists that I respected provided inspiration and feedback that ultimately gave me the confidence to show my work in regional shows and eventually exhibit my own work.

Favorite piece you’ve painted?

I love the Tilt series paintings. They are about perception and altering perception. The Tilt paintings are always a mental game. The very small shift of a work of art being just the right amount of perceptual shift to cause the viewer to question it. That is a dance with the painting that I have learned to enjoy as a puzzle to solve. The Tilt paintings are a physical representation of opening your mind to a perceptual shift.

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Kim Fonder, Mare Blue Della Sardegna, 80 x 60, part of the Tilt Series

Who inspires you personally?

I KNOW this is a bit cliché perhaps but there has never been one time that I have ever mentioned Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk to someone that my eyes have not filled with tears. That talk, especially the part where she talks about the bull fighter, and how people in the audience say Ole, Ole, Ole, which means there it is a glimpse of GOD… Woah, wow, I honestly have tears in my eyes.

Link to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”

Describe your artistic process

Very physical. I love to work large so there is lots of physical movement to creating the work.

How much preparation goes into a painting?

The idea is the birth of the painting. If you think about that part of it, the idea is really it. It can take years. The idea is cognition and practice married. Sometimes it feels instantaneous; sometimes it’s a birth. 

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

Lack of passion and overthinking.

Random fact about you?

I love to bake bread. I especially love making cinnamon brioche. The only reason I can sort of tease out from my obsession to make bread is this, bread is a miracle and so is art. When you begin to knead the dough it is a mass of uncontrollable ingredients, a cacophony of butter, flour, yeast. Only my hands, working in a rhythm, relentless, but relaxed change the dough. What begins as a mess, with time, attention, and a relaxed confidence creates this amazingly wonderful creation.


Link to Kim’s favorite cinnamon bread!

Favorite location to paint?

I paint outdoors, in my living room, in a garage, in cold weather, in hot weather. It has not mattered where, the painting takes over and I don’t notice the surroundings.

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

I want the work to be the backdrop for their life. I want my paintings to highlight THEIR space and THEIR activities. I want the paintings to create MORE of what their life is.

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

I want to keep expanding and growing. I want to continue to create paintings that compel and are engaging to me and then consequentially to all of the people who are the audience for the work.


Introducing Anna Belk

Mar 8, 17

Our team is expanding! ANFA is proud to introduce Anna Belk as Assistant Gallery Manager.  Anna comes from a strong art background and has a keen eye for collecting. As Assistant Gallery Manager, Anna will play a key role in client acquisition, exhibition planning, and working closely with our corporate clients; furthering our goal of expanding our reach so that we may be able to do exceedingly more through our mission to give back. To learn more about Anna, continue reading below!


My passion for art first developed freshman year at the University of Virginia when I fortunately found myself seated in Art History 101. Four years and many art history classes later, I was determined to move to New York City and prove to my parents a degree in art history was a good thing! I began working at XL Catlin as a fine art underwriter where I learned the complicated and extensive measures it takes to ensure the utmost protection and care of an art collection.

During my time as an underwriter, I saw firsthand the devastating effects Hurricane Sandy had on the gallery district in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The highlight of my job was spent at Lloyd’s of London where I explored fine art insurance on a more global level and analyzed accounts that generally involved higher values and risks.

After four years of insurance, I applied to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and entered into a master’s program focused on American and European Fine and Decorative Art. The immersive study led me up and down the East coast and finally to London where I recently completed my degree. With an emphasis on connoisseurship and contact based learning, I gained a comprehensive education that has shaped my perspective on the world of art and design.


Anna outside Sotheby’s Institute in London

Born and raised in Charlotte, I am happy to be back in my hometown after a fourteen-year hiatus. Anne Neilson Fine Art was the perfect fit to further my career in the arts as it represents more than forty artists from around the world providing countless opportunities for insight and inspiration.

Get to know Anna more personally:

Favorite Museum in NYC?

The Frick Collection

Last Concert You Went To:

Van Morrison in London. The night my fiancé proposed!

Favorite artist and why?

John Singer Sargent. What I love most about art are the stories that surround and influence the outcome. Sargent’s society portraits of the late 19th century transcend the traditional conventions of portraiture and embody a deeper psychological understanding of each subject. His quick brushstrokes and vibrant colors portray a timeless glamour without sacrificing individuality. I’m always drawn in and what to know more about each sitter in his portraits. DT2962

John Singer Sargent’s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882

Favorite city?

London! After working and studying at separate times in the English capital, I feel right at home despite my Southern accent and American habits. I love walking down the street passing by 16th century medieval architecture followed by modern skyscrapers all in one block. The fact that Prince Harry lives there too doesn’t hurt.

Favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Beef N’ Bottle. I feel like I stepped back in time whenever I go to dinner there. The restaurant first opened in 1958 and not much has changed since. They serve delicious food although I still haven’t tried the fried frog legs…

Random Fact:

I have two dogs, a lab and a pug.  My pug, Winnie, is (Instagram) famous!  Follow along to see her adventures and for your daily pick-me-up @winniedapug.




Poised Taupe – Color of the Year

Oct 19, 16

Did you see? Sherwin-Williams released their 2017 Color of the Year a few weeks back and it’s bound to make all my fellow neutral-loving friends giddy! Below is a bit more about their selection, Poised Taupe, and curated works from our artists that would pair perfectly with the timeless trend.

Sherwin-Williams described the color as “modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.” As trends continue to evolve and shift, it is apparent grey is taking a backseat in 2017 to the traditional tones of taupe and brown. Personally, I didn’t quite see this happening so quickly, but I am excited to see how this classic color will be given a modern and fresh feel to the world of design.

A favorite piece in the gallery that couldn’t be a more perfect match is “September in Paris” by gallery artist, Jeff Erickson. His modern and contemporary abstracts are strong, yet easy enough for any space. His mix of oil and wax give each painting a soft texture, soothing to the eyes. This particular piece was inspired by a trip to Europe with his wife. While two weeks were spent in Italy, their 9 hour layover in Paris’s charming streets was all he needed for inspiration. Croissant, anyone?

Jeff Erickson • September in Paris with Poised Taupe interior

Jeff Erickson • September in Paris with Poised Taupe interior

Jeff Erickson September in Paris

Jeff Erickson • September in Paris

This Holly Addi piece is modern and edgy, with a vintage flair. I originally imagined this piece perfectly hung in an airy loft or dynamic mid-century modern home. Yet, now against Poised Taupe, I see this piece bringing a freshness to any traditional style.

Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1 with Poised Taupe interior

Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1 with Poised Taupe interior

Holly Addi Nordik Study 1

Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1

If a traditional aesthetic is more your style, Deb Kaylor’s work will be the perfect winning combination for you! Her picturesque scenes are comforting and peaceful, warm and inviting – perhaps just what Poised Taupe is meant to accomplish. See below my picks of her work for your future Poised Taupe design.

Deb Kaylor Fawn

Deb Kaylor • Fawn (Sold)

Deb Kaylor • Strength

Deb Kaylor • Strength

Deb Kaylor • Welcome

Deb Kaylor • Welcome


Behind the Designer: Cheryl Luckett

Oct 14, 16

Getting to know interior design master Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors.
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Name: Cheryl Luckett
Design Firm: Dwell by Cheryl Interiors
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B.S. –Family and Consumer Sciences-Tennessee State University
Residential Design Degree-Central Piedmont Community College
photo-aug-05A Closer Look:
Cheryl Luckett got her start in the interior design space in 2011. Describing her aesthetic as inviting, energetic and classic (words we would use to describe the designer herself!), Cheryl approaches her designs with the belief that everyone deserves to dwell in a space they can’t wait to come home to. She has worked hard to bring interior design within reach, offering her distinctive look and beautiful designs to clients across a broad range of budgets and achieving them through savvy finds, vintage pieces and carefully curated finishing touches.

“I grew up in a family full of women who had immense pride in their homes,” Cheryl recalls. “I remember my grandmother moving furniture around nearly every weekend, and I looked forward to seeing what new floor plan she’d come up with next.” It’s easy to see her grandmother’s knack for creative spaces has made its way into Cheryl’s own DNA.
20131221_14_55_20aShe draws inspiration from fellow designers in the industry as well as from design books, magazines and social media. Particularly loving House Beautiful magazine, she admits to getting lost in its pages every month. She also counts local blogger Myquillyn Smith’s The Nesting Place among her favorite design books.
img_3286Cheryl’s own philosophy on interiors speaks to the personal touches she puts in her spaces. “As much as I love well-decorated interiors, I believe that a beautiful home is much more about the ability to create a welcoming and inviting space for those who live in and visit it, than what material possessions fill it.”

A thrifted abstract floral original watercolor painting is a piece of pride among Cheryl’s personal art collection. She describes it as “ a beautiful painting with variations of pink and green floral petals (my favorite colors) that flow effortlessly across the canvas. I was so happy the day I scored it for next to nothing. I could hardly get it home fast enough. It now has a prominent place in my living room.”
Cheryl advises clients to find art pieces that resonate with their own personal sensibilities. She wants clients to choose work that they will love coming home to for years rather than something that feels on-trend. We love that Cheryl considers art to be the “heartbeat of the design,” elaborating that it “adds depth, interest and soul to a space.”img_3285Bedrooms are among her favorite space to design, and her most recent project is counted among her favorites to date: a bedroom for an aspiring 14-year old fashion illustrator. “It was like creating a space for my teenage self,” Cheryl says. “She had a clear vision for the colors and vibe of her bedroom and bathroom, and it was a pleasure bringing it to life for her (pictured above).”

When she isn’t bringing beauty to homes around Charlotte, Cheryl is dreaming of a vacation in Italy or traveling to Davidson to dine at her favorite spot, Kindred. Additionally she considers herself a “busy body,” and seems to always be hunting the next great deal, vintage piece or find. When she’s at home, she’s taking after her grandmother and mixing things up or playing in the garden. But undoubtedly, she’s leaving a bit of design magic in her trail.