Born in Nova Scotia, Anna Horsnell Wade SCA has been painting for over 40 years and has worked and studied in various parts of Canada. She was first recognized as a landscape painter, however today she is best known for her abstract paintings. She exhibits regularly in group and solo shows, and her paintings hang in public and private collections across North America, including the Art Bank of Nova Scotia. Over the years, Anna has been very active in the local arts community, and in 2009 she was awarded a Progress Club Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture in recognition of her accomplishments in her profession and community. She is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, and a past Board member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. Her work is featured in several books - Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Artists: Volume II, and International Women Celebrate! In 2015, she published a book entitled The Sarah Diaries to accompany her series of paintings highlighting the merchant marine industry.
My name is Anna Horsnell Wade and in simple terms, I paint feelings inspired by life.
Generally referred to as abstract, many of my paintings fall under the category of “non-representational” art meaning there is no direct comparison to any subject or object in the physical world. I do not work from a visual model, but rather I create from my emotional response to a subject or theme. Although I may have an idea or direction I wish to explore, spontaneity is crucial to how I work. There is vitality in free expression, trusting the energy passing from mind and hand to canvas. I am naturally drawn to rich and dramatic colour, how it can speak through texture and
movement, and then be further tuned with shape and mark-making. Creating this work is totally dependent on my trusting the process, on trusting my instincts and experience. I respond to the specific moment, following each mark, each brushstroke with another, until I understand where the painting wants to go. The impetus behind
the work lies in the exploration of cause and effect. The real beauty of abstract and non-representational art begins with an invitation to surrender yourself to the image and how it makes you feel. Interpretation is very personal and my greatest satisfaction comes when someone makes their own connection with my art.