Annette Pate, a native of Summerville, South Carolina (near Charleston), longed to paint full-time as it was the one thing she always felt called to do. She painted part time until she left her career with Eastern Airlines to fulfill her life long dream of becoming a professional artist.
Annette studied for ten years with Elsie Dresch of Atlanta. She has also worked as a Certified Addiction Counselor and incorporated art with therapy. In addition, Annette writes poetry and is working on a volume of her verse.
The Impressionists are Annette’s inspiration. Her paintings express a fascination with sunlight and shadows through oils and acrylics. She loves painting landscapes but can be equally inspired by sunlight on a bowl of oranges. Her summer trips to Florida, North and South Carolina, Cape Ann, Massachusetts and California have all been reflected in her work. However, she finds the hills of North Georgia to be as glorious as anywhere in the world and they are a favorite subject of her paintings. Nothing is as rewarding to her as spending a day in her studio painting. To Annette, painting is like meditating. When she begins to paint she listens to music and, when the music ends, she will realize that and know that she has been so absorbed in painting that she never even heard one note.
Most recently, Annette has been experimenting with partially abstracted and collage still lifes as well as nonrepresentational works. She enjoys collecting unusual objects to star in her paintings. The variations are endless and exciting to her. Annette also enjoys teaching painting both in oil and acrylic. Being able to share in the creative experience of her students is almost as fulfilling for her as painting itself.