It is evident from NAA Artist Member Anika Ellison Savage's latest paintings that she gets great joy from creating.
Using vivid colors, Anika explores the natural environment with energy. In her new work she has created space and movement with confident brush strokes. The paintings are an exploration of abstracted organic space.
"Vibrant color expresses beauty - visually, emotionally, and spiritually. "
Anika's new paintings will be showcased in a solo exhibition in the Hills Gallery, 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA from Tue. Jun 13, - Sun, Jun 25. Gallery Hours Tue.-Sat. 11-5p.m., Sun. 1-5p.m.
Anika generously took our challenge to answer Questions for artists, with a nod to Proust’s Questionnaire
What or who influenced you to be an artist? My mother took time from a crazy schedule to paint portraits and landscapes. I was very impressed with her work.
Which living artist do you most dislike? I don’t focus on what I don’t like. I’m drawn to work that uplifts my spirit.
What is the trait you most admire in other artists? Skill and their ability to express mood, emotion, ideas.
What is the trait you most deplore in other artists? A commercial stance.
What do you consider your greatest achievement as an artist? Inconsistency, that is constant experimentation and need to try something new.
What is your greatest extravagance as an artist? Materials! I want to try them all.
If you could change one thing about your art what would it be? It would be nice to get into a groove that identifies me with my work.
What is your most treasured possession for making art? Inspiration from many sources.
What is your favorite journey? I love exploring but I also love going back to favorite places and getting to know them deeper and better. Recently, I returned to the Caribbean to explore the island of Curacao.
If you were to die and could choose a person or thing to come back as what would it be? MMM. I’m pretty happy as is. Hard to imagine who or what else I’d want to be. Having a front row seat on a cloud watching the future unfold sounds pretty idyllic… though boring.
What is your most overused phrase in describing art? Lovely.
What is your motto? “Yes”
Anika graduated from Pratt Institute and UC Berkeley. After practicing architecture and consulting as a futurist /strategist, she realized her true calling. Just looking at the titles of these paintings makes one understand that being an artist is what gives her joy.
Anika lives in New England during the summer and the subtropics in winter.
"The annual shift reinvigorates my senses and influences in my work".
Newburyport Art Association, Massachusetts
Rockport Art Association, Massachusetts
Naples Art Association, Florida
Star Island Art Group, New Hampshire/Maine
Experimental Group, Massachusetts
Abstract Artists Group of New England
See additional work and find out more about Ankia on her website here.