Anne Buchanan

Artist Statement

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth…”  Pablo Picasso

Drawings are two dimensional renderings of a three dimensional reality, marks on paper meant to convince the observer that they are more than pencil or paint or ink.  If we agree with Pablo Picasso, we could even call them lies. I think this makes the collaboration between the artist’s hand and the viewer’s brain quite intimate – the artist’s rendering must be convincing, but the viewer must be willing to be convinced.  Rendering living things rather than objects or landscapes or abstract images takes on yet another dimension; the marks need to convince the viewer that the drawing is not only three dimensional, but also alive, that it breathes.  To me, when this happens, it is a kind of magic.  


“Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn’t, of what one doesn’t know.” -Brett Whiteley

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” – Paul Klee

I draw for the moment a drawing comes to life; when the eyes begin to look back at me, or when sunlight pours through the crack in the door of a room not yet drawn and I begin to wonder what’s on the other side.  If this doesn’t happen, I turn the page and start again.  If it does, the rest, more lines, more colors, follow.