Anne-Steuart Vaughan has always been struck by Emily Dickinson’s line, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant”. Adopting this mantra, Vaughan’s colorful oil paintings tend toward abstraction in an unbounded and unique way. With bold use of color, Vaughan creates a compelling vision. Her landscape and still-life subjects, freed from their usual hues, become more emotional than representational. Painting solely with a palette knife, Vaughan instills into each work a textured rawness that resonates. The result is a fresh take on the physical world - powerful images speaking with energy and intensity.
Vaughan grew up on a farm in Southern Maryland, where she developed a strong affinity for the land. Originally studying art at Hollins College, she changed her major to French after living and studying for a year and a half in Paris. Unable to find a teaching position upon her return to the United States, Vaughan worked as a paralegal, and subsequently received her law degree from the University of Maryland. She practiced law until becoming a full-time mom to her three daughters. It was then that she returned to art, painting solely in oils.
Vaughan splits her time between Baltimore and Taos, where the New Mexican landscape strongly informs her work. Vaughan’s paintings have been exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic and in New Mexico, notably on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road at Dorothy Rogers Fine Art.
Golden Days, 2017. Oil on canvas, 20x16in