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PAYING IT FORWARD: HOW ANNE STINE’S DREAMS OF BECOMING AN ARTIST CAME TRUE Story by Shayda Windle

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here’s no doubt that Anne Stine’s journey to becoming a professional artist is as unique and fluid as her medium of choice. An encaustic artist, Stine uses melted beeswax, tree sap resin and pigment to create layered images with a natural texture. As a nature lover, Stine said that encaustic painting “is more representative of what we find in nature than any other medium because of the wild, unpredictable nature of beeswax. It allows me to express the fluidity and variety of textures that are realistically found in nature.” Raised in the same farmhouse in Fairfax that her father grew up in, Stine’s love of nature began at an early age. As a child, she said she found “solace and adventure in the outdoors and was in awe of the beauty in God’s creation.” Stine always dreamed of becoming an artist, but “it seemed too big of a dream to ever become a reality,” she remarked, “So, like most dreamers, I tucked it away deep into my heart.” She decided to major in communications in college, but nurtured her creative side by minoring in art. She went on to pursue a career in marketing communications where she worked for EDS, rolling out large-scale marketing plans. During this time, she kept her hand in painting by taking classes at the Corcoran School of Art and the Art League in Alexandria. It was at EDS that she had her first solo art exhibit. After several years, she began working as a marketing director specializing in fundraising for the arts. She married her skill in marketing with her passion for art by managing fundraising campaigns for large arts organizations like the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Dream | Page 25

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