A Newport working Studio Gallery

55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 02840

Visiting Artist


Visiting Artist from November 3rd, 2020 to January 2nd, 2021


Artist Biography:

A native of Melbourne, Australia, now residing in Houston, Texas, Healey has exhibited as an artist for more than 20 years. She is a member of several pastel societies and is past president of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas (2016-2018). Anne Maree studied watercolor and design at Monash University’s Centre for Arts and Crafts in Melbourne, Australia; drawing, painting and design at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas; and art history at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. She has studied extensively with Master Pastelist Jeanne Rosier Smith in Massachusetts, and has attended painting and drawing workshops with accomplished professional artists in the United States, Australia and France. Healey has been featured in solo and juried group exhibitions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, upstate New York and Texas. Additionally, her work can be found in private and corporate collections. She taught weekly semi-private drawing and pastel classes in her Houston studio before moving to Providence, RI. She lives with her husband in their inner-city home, enjoying creating gorgeous, joy-filled works of art and playing, grooming or walking their two teacup golden doodles, Cricket and Watson.

Artist Statement:

“In my figurative work, I strive to capture those light-hearted, serendipitous moments, those fleeting whimsies and special instances when subjects think they are unobserved. A mother and child on the beach. Someone hanging clothes out to dry. A shared amusement between a child and grownup. Ordinary, truthful, compellingly beautiful occasions. My still-life painting focuses on the joy of color and the mental challenge of capturing the unique characteristic of the objects, whether floral arrangements or a collection of items from my kitchen and closets. Soft pastel surpasses all other media for colorful expression. For me, engaging art is built on the bones of good drawing. To that end, I hone my skills daily, drawing and painting from life. I read and experiment with ideas borrowed from a variety of artists including Andrew Loomis, Wolf Kahn, Richard Schmid and Ja Fang Lu. I attend workshops in pastel and oils with instructors in the United States and abroad. As well, inspiration comes from the study of masterworks of artists from past centuries, such as John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla, Rachel Ruysch and Cecilia Beaux.”