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Annie Hejny, Abstract Artist

Artist Credit: Annie Hejny
Artist Credit: Annie Hejny

Annie Hejny paints large evocative abstract compositions. She incorporates collected river water and sediment from the Mississippi River into her compositions.

Annie says of her work:

“Spending time at the wild places where I collect painting materials, brings intentionally and grounding to my work. Pouring this water and earth on my canvas is a constant reminder for me to pay attention to water quality and be gentle with our natural resources.

“The wildness of nature makes me feel alive and grounds me. Incorporating collected water and sediment, I paint evocative abstract compositions to emulate the flowing current, the luminosity of reflection and the forboding shift in our relationship to these waters.”

Annie Henjy collecting materials by the Mississippi River
Annie Henjy collecting materials by the Mississippi River

Annie says the WARM mentorship program made her aware of her need for community in the arts. She says her mentor Deb Foutch “brought me into a small group of artists with whom we shared book discussions and group exhibitions…I now seek connections with other artists..because I know it is necessary to have camaraderie to continue my work.”

With a long list of exhibitions, commissions and proposals to complete, Annie has quit her day job to paint full-time. “I anticipate this to continue as I remain open to new opportunities within my art community. “