Discovering artist Anna Mac has been a highlight in this firain adventure. Anna has the most calming, beautiful instagram account @_anna_mac_ and as soon as I realised she sold greeting cards, I contacted her!
About her work, Anna explains:
"The way I paint feels like a game of building and taking away, the smallest edition of a shape or use of colour can transform the painting. The evolution of each painting can come quickly if each move fits with the next, and some can be a complex journey of changes and wrong moves. Either way, a piece builds and builds until everything 'fits'. Peeks of layers underneath show through and I like to complement those delicate details with bold clean shapes".
The greeting cards we sell at firain look really lovely framed and hung as a series, where this use of colour and shapes that Anna describes is clear to see.
I asked Anna 2 questions:
Who are the biggest influences on your work?
I tend to be influenced by shapes, colours and negative spaces in the world around me. I like to look at the forgotten details that perhaps go unnoticed ordinarily. In terms of being influenced by another artist, Henri Matisse is one of my all time favourites; seeing his 'Cut -Outs' exhibition at Tate Modern was pretty life changing for me.
Where on earth is your happy place?
Hard to pick one! At my easel painting, sitting on the front doorstep on a warm evening or the countryside where I live on the Suffolk coast.
Find anna’s cards in the greeting cards section.
Florence greeting card by anna mac
artist anna mac
'Disposition no.18' - available from annamac.com