With a palette knife in hand, Ann Marie Coolick creates strikingly bold paintings with plenty of color and fluidity. Her painting technique, known as impasto is all about using heavy body paint straight from the tube creating frosting like paint layers onto the canvas resulting in sculptural textures with three-dimensional qualities.
Working from her studio in a renovated World War 2 era bungalow, Coolick creates colorful patterns, seascapes, and a series of impressionist florals inspired by her hometown. Her work has been exhibited across the mid-Atlantic and has been featured in several leading publications including Creative Digest, L'Officiel, Elan Magazine and Washington Times. Her recent brand collaborations include Anthropologie and Home Goods.
I am inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, my Polka Daubs series is an exploration of color and texture in their simplest forms.
My work is all about texture and color. It is often described as luscious and frosting-like. It really is a celebration of the paint itself.
I want people to feel joy and calm when looking at my work, whether it be a soothing seascape, colorful Polka Daubs piece, or romantic floral.
It's been really exciting to see how my work transfers so well into the realm of fashion. I especially love VIDA's clutches and glass platters. Taking something that is usually monochromatic and traditional and livening it up with artwork is really fascinating.