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There have always been two constants in Anne London’s life – a love of wildlife and a love of art. For years, the Ohio artist thoughtfully merged her two passions into a successful career. Then four years ago, a debilitating injury threatened to end her work. However, instead of giving up her lifelong calling, London decided to transform her art into something new.
In her 33 years as a professional artist, 25 were dedicated to engraving. Those years of constantly pushing a knife into scratchboard left London with a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome-not a welcome diagnosis for someone who works with her hands. So shortly after London made a leap of faith and started to work only in charcoals.
London’s charcoal portraitures are powerful and dramatic. While her subject’s faces are meticulous and precise, their bodies are often elemental and stripped of detail, causing the viewer’s eyes to focus back on the subject’s face.