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Portrait of a portrait artist: Anne Burgess Rowe

Anne Burgess Rowe, profile of a portrait artist
Anne Burgess Rowe, profile of a portrait artist
Anne Burgess Rowe

While visiting the “Repetitions” exhibit at The Phillips Collection yesterday, our party of artists ran into other artists that we know, as well as some new discoveries. Does anyone appreciate art and artists as much as fellow artists?

Anne Burgess Rowe, portrait artist
James George

The definition of “portrait artist” has expanded to reflect the host of available media in which to create an impression or likeness of the subject.

“Portrait painting is a genre in painting, where the intent is to depict the visual appearance of the subject. The term is usually applied to the depiction of human subjects. In addition to painting, portraits can also be made in other media such as etching, lithography, photography, video and digital media.”

This definition seems a bit narrow because some artists paint pictures of specific animals, for instance. Might they not be portrait artists as well? Maybe it depends upon how cooperative and still the subjects are with the artist?

It sometimes takes months of effort for portrait artists to complete their work to their own standards of perfection.

Portrait artist Anne Burgess Rowe from Kansas was visiting the gallery yesterday, and her friends are mutual friends with ours.

“Ms. Rowe received an Associate of Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she was a Thomas Hart Benton Scholar. A member of the Washington Society of Portrait Artists and the American Society of Portrait Artists, she has completed numerous commissions for corporate, political, educational and religious figures as well as for families and individuals. Anne Rowe has been honored as guest artist in a number of one woman shows across the country and continues to attend national portrait seminars and workshops.

In addition to teaching figure drawing and portraiture, Anne Rowe has written and illustrated two books for children. In her community of St. Louis, Missouri, she is active in local arts organizations, volunteering her time and energy to promote and support the visual arts. She works especially for art and educational programs which benefit and encourage youth.”

See her work in the slideshow. Thanks for visiting the nation’s capital and the fine art at The Phillips Collection.

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