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My work is my expanded vision the world I inhabit.  Having had a dual career as a practicing artist and an Art educator has had its advantages.  Teaching has immersed me into my world and provided me many opportunities to observe, reflect and record. I was an art Education major at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) graduating with the BS in 1966. Soon after graduation I moved to New York, which was, for me, an expanded classroom.  

 

When I decided to pursue a graduate program I was admitted to Pratt Institute receiving the MFA degree in 1983. My studies at Pratt heightened my interest in printmaking and after graduation I spent two years printing at Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop.  

 

Moving to Washington DC in 1985 I joined a group of printmakers at the Graphic Workshop where a project among the artist for an open house heightened my awareness of the need for ethnic greeting cards in the African American community and I launched a line of greeting cards from block prints. Just Art Inc. was a successful line of greeting cards for several years.  Some of the images on this site were designs for those cards.

 

When I returned to teaching in 1990, first, part time, then full time, I discontinued the card business and spent an additional 17 years helping young people explore and develop their skills in the visual arts. Though I have presently retired from formal teaching, I have not ceased to immerse myself in life as I continue to be inspired by the world around me.

 

Because life is multifaceted, my body of work deals with a variety of subjects.  I find my vision is broad enough to include things observed, things felt and things believed and do not see the zones between social realities, spiritual truths and surrounding beauty as opposing forces but all coming together to express my point of view. 

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2016 Annette Fortt