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Ann Marie

Ann Marie Coolick

Ann Marie is an impasto painter from Arlington, VA focusing on colorful abstractions and expressionist landscapes using only palette knives and heavy body paint straight from the tube. 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 "Polka Daubs" series explores the deconstruction of color and texture into their simplest form.

She was a Resident Artist at the Arlington Arts Center from 2004 to 2009 and has since exhibited across the mid-Atlantic including solos at the Glen Allen Arts Center, the Center for the Arts in Manassas, and the Hylton Center. Her work has also been featured in Creative Digest UK, L'Officiel Australia, Northern Virginia Magazine, Elan Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Create! Magazine, The Washington Times, Michaels, and Home Goods. She graduated from Virginia Tech  Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art (honors painting concentration) and a BS in Marketing Management in 2003. Ann Marie was previously the founder/curator of the East Coast Art Collective, a group of 20 contemporary artists from throughout the US east coast. She currently resides with her husband and four children in Arlington, VA.