I have always had a strong love of animals, as well as an unquenchable thirst for colors. Exploring nature through art became therapy for me, as my job in the legal field was very stressful. Many of my friends had young children, and I liked the idea of creating unique gifts for them, something they could use, yet treasure forever. Hand-painted children's furniture came to mind.
Each piece of hand-painted children's furniture is unique, custom crafted to meet the wishes of the customer. Many of my customers are grandmothers looking for that perfect gift to commemorate the new addition to the family. These gifts become family heirlooms, keepsakes that can be handed down through generations.
My hand-painted children's furniture includes high chairs, small tables (round or square) and chairs, rockers, desks, dressers and decorated wood boxes that kids (of all ages) love to keep their treasures in. To incorporate the character of the wood grain into the artistic design, I use colored stains instead of simply painting the unfinished pieces of furniture.
In addition to creating designs for children’s furniture I am continuing to explore different areas of art and media, including scratchboard, primarily in pet portraits and ranch themes. My home is in Westcliffe, Colorado, high in the Rocky Mountains.
As a retired librarian, living now in a small town with a wonderful library, I felt moved to make something for their bi-annual craft fairs. I wanted to find something colorful and fairly quick to do. My treasure boxes are colorful, but I’ve found they are not “quick to do.” Each one is an individual, taking time and patience until I am happy with it. No two are exactly alike. I have found there are a lot of box-lovers like me! Joan and Anne are my daughters, and we often attend art and crafts shows together. I live in Westcliffe, Colorado.
Anne Hewitt has been drawing since she was five years old. She has created custom pet portraits in colored pencil for over 35 years. Anne has been published in Dog World in 1991, drew the Christmas card for the Atlanta Westie Club, and appeared on Good Afternoon Colorado in 1992. She works in colored pencil from photographs provided by the pet owner.
Anne's goal is to create portraits that are as accurate as possible, capturing the spirit and character of her subjects as well as the details of their appearance. She graduated from UNC with a degree in English and has an AA degree in Art.