Who are you?
My name is Anne Trout
Where are you from?
I am originally from North Carolina. I grew up in Southern Illinois, where I still live today about 25 minutes from St. Louis, MO.
What is your medium(s) of choice?
I mainly work with pigmented resin and acrylic paints. I add many different natural elements to my pieces to provide texture and depth. I tend to create in colors found in nature.
How did you get started in your craft?
I have loved Art and Beauty since I was a little girl styling Barbies and using finger paints for masterpieces on my pretend easel. I remained passionate about creating art and expressing myself through makeup and fashion into adulthood. I spent many years as a makeup artist by trade and many years as a crafty mom. While scrolling through Instagram one day, I happened upon a resin ocean made by Ann Upton, @annuptonart. I was obsessed from that moment on. I ordered a tutorial for a small ocean board, and I haven’t looked back. That artists are able to create beautiful, realistic ocean landscapes with pigment and resin never fails to amaze me.
If you could give one piece of advice to all up-and-coming artists, what would it be?
I would tell upcoming artists to believe in your art, and know that everyone doesn’t follow the same path to personal success. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself. Seize opportunities to grow.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
My first job was at a funeral home when I was 15 years old, where I greeted visitors and made coffee. I worked at numerous banks as everything from a teller to a financial advisor. I have been a freelance makeup artist with Estée Lauder, Lancome, and Philosophy cosmetics, as well as the Business Manager for major cosmetic brands. Having a passion for people and animals alike, I was most recently a receptionist at an animal hospital before focusing on art full time.
What inspires your creativity?
My work is most often inspired by nature. I frequently paint ocean scenes, and I use ocean color palettes a lot, as well.
What is your favorite project that you've completed so far?
My favorite project was a commission for gifts for a panel of judges at a large fashion show. I was given an idea of what they wanted and was able to create individual one-of-a-kind pieces for each judge that correlated with the shows color palette and abstract theme. They were thrilled with the results, and I really enjoyed being able to openly create each piece.
What’s your scariest experience as an artist?
My scariest experience as an artist has been losing inspiration and motivation. I find that it ebbs and flows though. I am continually inspired by other artists and people’s never ending creativity.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is a multi-piece project hanging in a beautiful beachside resort.
"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow artists for their support and encouragement. I’d also like to thank Art ‘N Glow Epoxy Resin for inviting me to be a Featured Artist, and for your continued support of my art and the quality products you provide."