After a first career as a medievalist and professor of art history at The City College of New York, Annie Shaver-Crandell became an artist specializing in plein air landscape. Born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio, she now lives in New York City’s historic Noho neighborhood.
She is attracted to boundaries – the garden wall, the water’s edge, the place where the cultivated field, pasture, vineyard, or orchard gives way to the woods and hills. In her home environment of Manhattan, she paints and draws extensively in the community gardens of the Lower East Side. But she travels extensively in pursuit of her subject, and much of her recent work was done in the American Rockies, the Provence region of France, and along the Delaware River.
Most of her work is executed on-site in a single session. Her media are oil, watercolor, pastel or oil pastel. Since outdoor light is always changing, she works fairly rapidly, often on a small scale, in order to record the effects of light at a particular moment. She says of her work, “Like many other people, I worry about what humans are doing to one another all over the globe. Plein air painting can be a form of meditation. My mood is generally brightened after painting or drawing outside for a day. I like to think my images of landscapes can make a difference by reminding us of the spaces in our hearts reserved for peace and quiet.
She is increasingly affected by a deepening understanding of dance energies, especially those of the Argentine tango.
She sits on the Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club of New York.