Anne Manley's evocations of the creative heart of nature straddle the line between an immersion in the dramatic beauty of the universe, abstract explorations of color and the emotions her palette inspires. With skilled and delicate brushwork she uses colors ranging from sea-green to fiery red and cobalt blue, as well as white-hot tones to create the suggestion of an inner luminosity emanating from her vortices. She also experiments with canvas size to explore possibilities of space and tonal intensity, as she conveys the confluence of opposing yet interdependent forces of nature where air, water and land influence and are influenced by each other. Often, these are portraits of a dramatic force of sunlit vapors intruding upon a darker space, yet Anne avoids obvious ripple effects and her tones never lapse into muddiness.
This sure and confident brushwork, as well as the beauty that she has chosen to convey, characterize Anne Manley's sensitive and daring works.