LittleThings Shine: Ann E. Wolf Shares The Inspiration Behind Her Multilayered Paintings

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Painter Ann E. Wolf has been creating art for as long as she can remember. “It had to be something in my right hand that was making color and shape,” she says.

Wolf, whose detailed, complex paintings deal with memory, nature, religion, and identity, recently sat down with the LittleThings crew to talk about her work, where it stems from, and how she translates her own unique experiences in life into visual art.

Looking at her paintings is like reading a folk tale, but also like creating one yourself. Wolf combines easily recognized images, such as animals, plants, and Catholic saints, and even snippets of other paintings, in dreamlike fashions that make us interpret them in a whole new way.

We can always come up with our own stories for art, but hearing the artist herself talk about it gives us a peek into her personal creative world, like when we talked to 16-year-old singer and songwriter Lily Green.

It also serves as great inspiration to hear other people talking about their own creative process, and can help kick-start your own creative output! You can also see more of her work on her website.

Check out Wolf’s insightful interview below, and SHARE her point of view on art, creation, and inspiration with all the creative people in your life!

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Shine is a six-part series directed by Kaz PS and produced by LittleThings that profiles powerful female artists who deserve global exposure. Each four- to six-minute episode shines a direct spotlight on a single artist with a unique perspective.

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