“Creativity is not only a life goal, but it has also always helped to define and shape
who I am.
When painting, I strive to convey light, form and emotion and often think of my work as music on canvas.
For the painter, light is everything, for light and shadow show contrast, character and mood. Together they can reveal the dichotomy of nature; the seen and unseen.
I have found over the years that painting with oils and drawing with pastels have
helped me to express human emotion and my visions better than other mediums.
My best work comes when I make a deep connection with my subject matter,
be it people or nature, there is a feeling I get about what I want to express.
Mingled with my love for music and dance, my art has emerged as a method of
reaching out for the rhythms and symphonies of the Universe.
Reaching out is also a way of reaching within, of finding spiritual content and meaning.
I try to hold onto a childlike perspective, as the process of discovery is such inspiration for my soul. I paint with a great love of people and nature and with great respect for our ever changing environment, seeker of the beautiful and the sublime…
Nature is always on the edge grappling with change, as often we humans are.
I choose to celebrate these forces through a fascination and appreciation or the visual and spiritual splendor of our world… and always a student. “ A. Nelson Sweat
Long time Austin artist Anne Nelson Sweat; a fourth generation Texan born
and raised in Beaumont Texas was brought up in a large family with a strong
tradition of creativity in architecture, design, and the arts, both performing and visual.
She credits her parents for always making sure she and her siblings had
crafty things to do and her beloved grandparents for making sure the grandkids always had coloring books and Crayons.
“I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like without Crayons!
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of laying on the floor coloring away…learning to draw as I experimented with drawing in and out of the lines, and discovering all about color”.
At an early age, Anne began to study music and was dedicated to playing the cello in orchestra throughout high school. In 1980, she began college studies at Lamar University where she took a drawing class and quickly went into the Arts program under the direction of eminent professor, the late Jerry A. Newman.
Life drawing and painting became her passion, a language she will always seek to master and understand.
Anne’s love for capturing character and painting children took her in the direction
of becoming known as a portrait artist, taking on commissions in college from fellow students to buy art supplies, and to pay for traveling expenses to study Art in Italy.
Her career in portraiture was launched from there.
In her early twenties, she traveled abroad for the first time and spent a summer in Rome while studying Art and traveling throughout Italy and Paris, France. Seeing another part of the world and so many of the great masterpieces, sculptures and architecture of Europe greatly influenced her perspective on life, Fine Arts and the world at large.
In 1985, Anne received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lamar University. After graduation she continued to take on private commissions consisting of portraits and landscapes in both oils and pastels.
Anne established a professional studio in the early 90’s in the Scarborough Building on 6th and Congress located in downtown Austin.
Anne’s most noted works are two 4’ x 6’ paintings that are installed in the lobby of the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, commissioned in 1998 during the last major restoration. One depicts a historic ballroom scene, and the other depicting a grand event when, Colonel Jesse Driskill brought in the very first interstate telephone line to Texas. Three thousand people waited in line that historic day back at the turn of the century to listen in on a two-party line which was strung from Austin to Dallas, and then to Memphis. Both paintings were highlighted in one of Samantha Brown’s episodes of “Great Hotels” when she was in Austin filming an episode.
Anne’s portraits, landscapes and figurative works in oils and pastels can be found in private and corporate collections throughout Texas, thirty states in United States, Canada, Prince Edward Island, Austria, Australia, France, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Her work has been published in Art & Antiques, People Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine and with New York Graphics.
Anne Nelson Sweat is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America-Signature Member and the American Impressionist Society.
For the past many years, Anne’s work has primarily been sold to collectors and on commission.
Born 1961, Beaumont, Texas
1980 Graduated from high school and began studies at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
1982 Awarded Mamie McFaddin Ward Scholarship to study Art, Lamar University.
1983 Study Abroad, Rome, Italy
Awarded Mamie McFaddin Ward Scholarship to study Art, Lamar University.
Teaching assistantship in Life Drawing & Painting, Lamar University Art Dept
1984 Teaching assistantship in Life Drawing & Painting, Lamar University Art Dept
1985 Teaching assistantship in Life Drawing & Painting, Lamar University Art Dept
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
1985 Taught drawing classes for Museum of Southeast Texas
Married to Brian S. Sweat, moved to Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
1986 Studio in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
1987 Studio in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Moved to Austin, Texas September ’87
1988 Christopher Nelson Sweat was born
1989 Lamar University Alumnae Exhibition at Dishman Art Gallery, Beaumont, Texas
1990 Established American Portrait Painter Studios, Austin, Texas
1992 Published in The Artist Magazine, May issue Article on Anne’s pastel technique
1994 Established Studio in the Scarborough Building, 6th & Congress, Austin, Texas
1995 Illustrated and Published “Charlie’s Challenge”
children’s book on a child with learning “differences”, written by A. Root and L. Gladden.
1995 Featured in People’s Magazine
1995 Guest on Leeza Gibbon’s Talk Show, Hollywood, CA
1996 3rd Place Winner, Oil Painters of America Fifth National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery Published with New York Graphics
Featured Artist, Artworks Gallery, Austin, Texas
1997 Membership into American Society of Portrait Artists
Austin Chamber Music CD Cover Artist
Fiesta Arts Festival, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, Selected Exhibiting Artist
Group show, Gallery of the Hills, Austin, Texas “Texas, A Place in My Heart… Art about Texas”
1998 Poster Artist for Victoria Symphony Society 50th Anniversary Celebration
Artist in Residence: Victoria Cultural Counsel , Victoria, Texas
Fiesta, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas Selected Exhibiting Artist
Commissioned to paint two 4’ x 6’ paintings for the lobby of the historic Driskill Hotel, Austin. TX
2001 Austin Museum of Art: Invited Artist , Art Ball III, Exhibition & Auction
2004 Membership into Portrait Society of America
2009 Selected Juror for Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
2010 Dishman Art Museum, Group show Tribute to the late Professor Emeritus Jerry A. Newman
Art Museum of Southeast Texas: One Woman Show “Visual Perceptions”
2011 3rd Place winner, Plein-Air Invitational Competition “Paint the Town Marble Falls”, Marble Falls, TX
2012 1st Place winner, Plein-Air Invitational Competition “Paint the Town Marble Falls”, Marble Falls, TX
2013 Portrait Society of America | Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentoring Committee
2014 1st Place winner, Plein-Air Invitational Competition “Paint the Town Marble Falls”, Marble Falls, TX
Portrait Society of America | Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentoring Committee
2015 Portrait Society of America | Cecelia Beaux Forum Mentoring Committee
2015 Group Show, “Women Painting Women”,Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas
2019 Atelier Dojo Faculty Art Exhibit, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas
2020 Selected Juror for Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
Her works can be found in private collections throughout Texas and in thirty States in the United States, Canada, Prince Edward Island, Austria, Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden
The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas Two 48” x 72” oil paintings in the Lobby of the Driskill.
Bickerstaff Heath Pollan & Caroom LLP
Bracewell & Guiliani LLP
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Prosperity Bank, Lakeway, Texas
American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America - Signature member
Portrait Society of America
The Artist’s Magazine, May 1992
People magazine 1995
Art & Antiques Magazine
Big Apple Parent
New York Graphics
Jeep Magazine, featured Plein Air painting 2005
Rome, Italy 1983
*Victoria Cultural Counsel, Victoria, Texas 1998
Artistic Director of mural project with youth in Victoria Regional Detention Center.
*Ghost Ranch, Estudio Corazón, August 2021
Austin Pastel Society 2003
Lamar University Fine Arts Dept. Demonstrating in Painting and Pastels 1990-1994
Highland Lakes Creative Arts “The Salon”, Guest demonstrating artist, Martha Stafford Fine Art 20
Charlie’s Challenge , illustrator and publisher.1995
1983 - 1985 Teaching Assistantship, painting and life drawing, Lamar University
1985 Drawing Classes, Museum of Southeast Texas
1995 - 2021 Mentoring ~ private lessons in painting in oil and pastels, drawing and portraiture.
2018- 2019 Faculty member of Atelier Dojo, Austin, Texas teaching painting, portraiture and life drawing.
BFA Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas 1985
Richard Whitney, Portrait study, San Francisco Academy of Arts College, 1997
Scott Christensen, Plein-Air landscape painting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Spring 2001
Nelson Shanks, Figurative painting, New York Academy of Art, New York City 2001
Scott Christensen, Advanced landscape, Teton Meadow Ranch, Wyoming 2004
Paul Lucchesi, Sculpting the Figure in Terra Cotta, Austin Sculpture Academy, 2006
Philippe Faraut, Sculpting the Portrait, Austin Sculpture Academy, Texas 2006
Philippe Faraut, Sculpting the Portrait, Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX 2008
Robert Liberace, Painting the Figure, Scottsdale Artists School, 2012
John Coleman, Sculpting the Figure, Scottsdale Artists School, 2013
Thomas Schaller, Water Color, Waterloo Watercolor Group, 2014