I am an observer of life. All people watch other people; it is a human response to others. Because of talents discovered early, I just happen to draw or paint or sculpt them in order to understand humanity better. I seek people and experiences that uplift and teach me. My work is traditional, representational, and usually has a spiritual theme explored through symbolism and compositional themes. I am inspired by the goodness and growth of people, and seek to portray that. I choose to focus on and elevate the positive.
J. Leo Fairbanks, of the outstanding Fairbanks sculpting family, wrote his artist statement many years ago as a poem, and I have taken it as my own:
Is for service;
For making things beautiful as well as useful;
For lifting man above the sordid things
that grind and depress;
To give a joyous optimism in one’s work;
To realize transitory hopes
in enduring tangible material;
To visualize ideals and to idealize realities.
I honor the gift I have been given by hard work, continuing study, and service.Annette Everett Full Biography ››