Artist Ann Rea
I Have Everything I Want
[caption id="attachment_1143" align="alignnone" width="500" caption=""Swept Vines Revisited" Ann Rea ©, oil on canvas, 30"x40" "]SweptVines[/caption] Many of my patrons like to celebrate their “Experience of Art” with an unveiling party.  This is where they host their guests in a venue where I display all of the painting studies and resulting large-scale custom painting. The painting sits on my easel cloaked under black velvet until the reveal. My patrons eagerly anticipate their first viewing while I’m hoping that they’ll love it. Last night in the cellar room at The Villagio Resort and Spa was a wonderful celebration of Mark’s 50th birthday.  His lovely wife Nancy commissioned the painting to mark the celebration and to enliven their Bodega Bay beach home.  And what I did not know was that the painting was also commissioned in part to commemorate the memory of Mark’s mother. It’s an honor to be a part of these precious memories and gifts. Conscious of this special gift, I thought of Mark.  And I felt that this painting needed to be bold, and confident like him. Last night Mark’s friends and family gathered, openly and sincerely expressing their love and appreciation for him.  His reply at the end of the evening was, “I have everything I want.”  How many can stay that with sincerity?  It was heart warming and real. I said to Mark, "It's so wonderful to hear you say “I have everything I want.” Mark asked me, " Do you have everything you want?"  As an artist, last night, I certainly did.  Because when Nancy introduced me she said that I had helped her and Mark "Enjoy a deeper appreciation for life through art."  Ultimately that's what I want to accomplish through my art,  to help people have a deeper appreciation for life, to savor the colors of the moment.
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture"
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture"“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” I don’t know who originally said it maybe it was David Byrne of the “Talking Heads” or Frank Zappa, but I love the quote because I think it reflects common conversations had about art and wine. And so what do art and wine have to do with one another?  In a literal sense, nothing really. But each can create a sensory and sensual experience and the wine maker and the artist share the enviable characteristic of passion.  And even though the market doesn't need any more painters or winemakers we'll always need art and wine that inspires. A few months ago I attended a music and wine pairing sponsored by Rubicon Estate and the San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council. The winemaker paired each wine with a different piano solo.  This creative approach made the tasting so much more enjoyable and the wine that much more accessible. I thought about why that was.  And I think it’s because people simply paused long enough to get in touch with their senses and perception and to just trust their preferences. I met a sommelier who appreciated and insightfully discussed my paintings. It came as no surprise to me that he was a former music critic. I’m very interested in this concept of creating a starting point of conversation.  Of opening up perception by tuning in to more sensory channels. If you're a wine writer and or sommelier interested in creating art and wine pairing at local events and or writing about the experience, please contact me to collaborate.