Anne Abate grew up in Detroit, Mich., and took her first formal art training at Wayne State University, graduating with a bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting and drawing. She studied part-time with some of the top artists in the Detroit area while working as a journalist there. She paints with oil color, using traditional glazing techniques to achieve soft, deep color notes in still life, landscape and figurative works.
"I'm captivated by color, texture and light and fascinated by the complexity of simple organic forms and the dignity of common objects. My still lifes are meditations -- quiet escapes. They provide a place to rest the eye, to settle the mind, to regroup. Lately I've been exploring visual puns, reinterpreting objects to create broader contexts or unexpected juxtapositions. I've also been experimenting more with abstraction. I paint whatever interests me."
Anne Abate and her husband now live in Toledo, Ohio, where her work has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions.