November Artist – Annie Compton
Annie Compton – November Artist
ArtProfiler’s Artist Monthly series highlights one artist per month for exceptional work in his or her chosen medium. This month we chose to feature Austin-based artist, Annie Compton.
Annie Compton paints real stuff—the people, places and things that surround her—working to celebrate the simple objects and scenes that make up our everyday life. Her preferred medium is oil. Landscapes close and far are her inspiration, and she paints from life whenever possible.
Annie has painted her whole life and continues to study in workshops and courses at every opportunity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Masters of Architecture from MIT. She has worked as a builder, designer, plumber, printer, and homemaker, and has vast experience with horses—from training them, to teaching them and participating in competitions; now, she paints them. Annie has also been an active environmentalist, designing and implementing ocean projects all over the world. She is in love with the natural world and her work allows her to explore and express this love.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused many galleries to shut their doors and/ or audiences have stopped going to view art in person, so many artists’ works have been hidden inside their studios and left unseen. But Annie remedied this issue in a unique way. Since midsummer, she has been setting out her paintings among the shrubs and trees of her road front jungle every weekend (weather permitting). She calls these miniature outdoor exhibitions Annie’s Roadside Attractions and started doing them because she wants her work to have an audience and because she appreciates the feedback. Annie’s weekend shows are a treat for both her and her dog walking, bike riding, park visiting friends and neighbors. Passersby love the variety of paintings and drawings that they discover tucked in among the bushes—who wouldn’t love artwork in unlikely places!
Annie’s works are best viewed in the real (as opposed to the virtual) world. If you’d like to see her work, Annie’s Roadside Attractions is on exhibit every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to 12:00pm (or so) in front of her home in North Austin (2600 Ellise Avenue). It also happens to be where her studio is located, and if you’re unable to swing by on the weekend, Annie accepts appointments for studio visits. You can email her here to set one up.