Toledo painter Anne Abate has been making marks on any available surface since she picked up her first crayon. The joy she found in art as a child continues today: the fascination with color and texture, the search for beauty in the ordinary, the peace that comes in standing at the easel.
Through her art, Abate encourages us to take a closer look at our world, from the play of light on a bubble to the imperfections of an old chair. She prods us to think -- and smile -- with visual puns tucked into a traditional still life. She captures dark emotions in the slashing, broken lines of an abstract.
Her work has been seen in local galleries including 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo and the Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, and in juried shows including the prestigious Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Raised in Detroit, Abate earned a BFA in painting and drawing at Wayne State University. She is a career journalist who worked as an editor at the Detroit News before moving to her current position as an editor in The Blade newsroom.
She paints with oil color, using traditional glazing techniques to achieve soft, deep color notes in her work.