East Texas artist's paintings ask 'The Question'

"Her Shadow was Light"
"Her Shadow was Light"

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TYLER, TX - The titles on her paintings tell their own story.

"Armed with a Good Question She Set Out to Save the World" and "Her Shadow was Light" are not typical titles for paintings. Put all the titles together in her upcoming art exhibit, The Question, and they read like a poem.

Even as a small child growing up in East Texas, Anna Krafve Pierce recognized the power of a message that is illustrated with a thought-provoking image. And the power of a good question.

She took her first college art class at the urging of her grandfather Charles Primer, a retired physician who was taking art classes at Tyler Junior College. She soon grew to appreciate her grandfather's sense of humor as expressed in the double entendres of his creations.

She credits her love of watercolors to English illustrationist Barbara Holland, a professional artists internationally known for her whimsical illustrations and paper sculptures of English villages and castles. Holland is currently an instructor at TJC.

"I was privileged to study under Barbara when I was only 16. She had a formative impact on my appreciation for what color can do for a message on canvas or paper," says Pierce.

She credits TJC instructors Chris Stewart and Derrick White, along with Holland, in preparing her to understand the discipline necessary to make it as a professional artist.

She received her bachelor's degrees in Painting/Drawing and Art History from University of North Texas, where she studied under well-known contemporary artist Vincent Falsetta whose paintings hang in museums across the United States, including the Tyler Museum of Art.

She enjoys painting the small creatures that cross her back porch in central Texas where she and her husband make their home, she says. She also enjoys painting and sketching the frogs and birds' eggs her husband collects for her and brings home to her as presents.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the exhibits featuring TJC alumni who are professional artists," Pierce says.

Last spring, she participated in the Downtown Gallery's juried show Musical Visions in Tyler. Other shows include Slippage: Hybrid Forms Group Exhibit, Unusual Minds: Art Collective, and Twinings, a solo painting exhibit. Her most ambitious piece so far was an 8 x 28 ft abstract canvas acrylic painting.

The Question will be at TJC's Wise Auditorium Gallery from September 13th through October 15th.

Pierce will give an artist talk on Thursday, September 16 from 12:30-1:30pm. A reception will be held that evening 6-8pm, September 16th. The public is invited. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.AnnaKrafve.com.