Art from Ann Marie Coolick (@AnnMarieCoolick)
Ann Marie is an impasto painter focusing on geometric abstractions and expressionist landscapes using only palette knives and heavy body paint straight from the tube. Relying primarily on memory, Ann Marie’s work references science, organic processes and natural elements, including visual enlargements of foliage and bamboo from her backyard in the historic Aurora Highlands neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. She slathers frosting-like paint layer upon layer onto the canvas with paint running off the edges, resulting in a sculptural, three-dimensional appearance. Her heavy mark-making and overlapping layers reveal the history of each painting, with her geometric work being a conversation of certainty versus indecision. Ann Marie’s work is strongly influenced by expressionist artist Joan Mitchell and contemporary geometric painter Maya Hayuk.
Ann Marie was a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center from 2004 to 2009 where she regularly had solo exhibitions and volunteered. She graduated from Virginia Tech Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art (honors painting concentration) and a BS in Marketing Management. Raised in Manassas, VA, Ann Marie currently resides with her family and three young boys in Arlington, VA.
Ann Marie’s work has been exhibited extensively across the mid-atlantic; see resume page for list. Her work has been featured in Home Goods, L’Officiel Australia, and Elan Magazine.