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Anya McManis - Artist Statement

Painting to me is really a form of self expression no matter what medium I work in. Through my art, I give you a glimpse into how I experience the world around me. You could say that I translate my feelings into colors.  We’re all familiar with the expression “feeling blue”  to express sadness for instance. To me, emotions and thoughts have a flavor, a color, maybe even a shape. In that sense, every one of may paintings is a little piece of me that I want to share with you. 

Most of my recent work includes a mix of India ink, acrylic and watercolor. I work mostly on Yupo paper and clay board to take advantage of the smooth surface that allows the ink to flow freely.  I work both on a wet or dry surface and alternate between guiding the ink and using print techniques to produce organic shapes and translucent layers of color. What I find fascinating about working with ink, is the unpredictability of the final outcome. I like the element of surprise it creates and how it makes me abandon control over the process. There’s a zen like quality about watching the ink do its thing. 

Once the ink has dried I move on to add intentional marks to the work. If I want texture, I apply acrylic paints with a palette knife or other tools. To create a juxtaposition of geometric shapes on top of the organic background, I use watercolor and stencils. Watercolor allows me to add and subtract pigment and to either hide or highlight specific elements. It becomes a multi-layered process during which I go back and forth many times until I’m satisfied that the painting reflects my intent and conveys an emotion that hopefully connects with the viewer. 

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Bio

Anya came to painting and fine art through her work as a graphic artist. She has always had a keen eye for color and layout in her designs and eventually transitioned from the printed page and keyboard to canvas and paintbrush.

Anya’s work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions throughout Colorado, was featured in several solo shows at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, and exhibited internationally at the Florence Biennale in Italy and the Niagara Falls History Museum in Niagara Falls, Canada.

A German native, Anya has lived in Colorado for over 26 years. She graduated with honors from Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver. Aside from painting, she also runs her creative agency AMCS Marketing in Denver, Colorado.

2022

COME SEE ME AT THESE VENUES

Aspen Fine Art Festival
July 16 – 17, 2022

Boulder Fine Art Street Festival at Twenty Ninth Street
July 30 – 31, 2022

Affordable Arts Festival
On the Campus of Arapahoe Community College
August 28, 2022

Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2022 – Estes Park
September 17 – 18, 2022

PREVIOUS SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS

R Gallery – Boulder
February 23 – March 27, 2022

40 West Arts – Colorado Mills Mall 
February 1 – June 4, 2022

Vail Arts Festival
June 18 – 20, 2021

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
August 2 – September 27, 2019

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 22 – August 23, 2019

WATER WISE
Aurora Municipal Center
April 1 – May 31, 2019

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
November 5 – November 30, 2018

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
Palmer Lake, CO
June 23 – August 25, 2018

WATER FOR LIFE International Art Exhibition
Niagara Falls History Museum – Canada
May 12 – September 8, 2018

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
February 1 – March 31, 2017

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
February 1 – March 31, 2016

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
June 1 – July 31, 2015

Anti Defamation League – Denver, CO
April 19, 2016

The Mix @ Niza Knoll Gallery
May 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015
Denver, Colorado

The Savoy
Denver, CO
April 12, 2014 – April 19, 2014

One: En Masse
Denver, CO
April 4, 2014 – May 31, 2014

Florence Biennale
Florence, Italy
December 3 – 10, 2011

Artwork Network
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
May 2010

Gallery Cuvee
Santa Fe Art District, Denver, Colorado
January – August 2008

Kingman Estates Winery | Denver, Colorado
September 18 – May 31, 2014

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
June 4 – July 31, 2013

Spellbound Art
Arvada, Colorado
March 2012 – June 2013

Colorado Women’s College | University of Denver
SOLO SHOW
June 1 – July 31, 2011

Vitahl Spa
SOLO SHOW
Cherry Creek North – Denver, Colorado
July 2010