Rooster in the Hen House
Adirondack White Birch
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Anne Hughes has spent every summer of her life just north of Paul Smiths in the Adirondacks. Her passion for all things natural – and the desire to “create” using nature’s treasures as her medium – stemmed from countless hours spent in the woods and walking along the roadsides. She moved to San Francisco in 1986, and then to the Napa Valley in 2000…… where she became obsessed with the beauty of grasses – roadside weeds that few people ever notice. She has mastered the art of preservation, and, with a keen eye for detail, has developed a truly unique style of art. In June of 2015, Anne moved to Paul Smiths………the tiny community she now calls her home.
After receiving a BA from the University of Richmond in Art History in 1982, Anne went into the English antiques business, as well as catering and residential renovations. She spent a year working at a gallery in Soho in New York CIty. After moving to the Bay Area, she taught art to elementary students in Marin County for three years and ran summer art camps for numerous years as well.
With no formal art training, Anne creates unique compositions using ordinary common place things found in nature. “To find the unexpected beauty of anything natural – like the “wrong” side of the Adirondack white birch bark, or the different stages of development of the flowers and stems of grasses, sedges and rushes (destined to be mowed by the highway maintenance crews), or the incredible beauty of bird feathers…… and to take them and compose something creative and unique - that is what excites me the most. That is my true passion. And I believe there is no better place on Earth to pursue my passion than right here in the Adirondacks.”