“THERE’S NO THROUGH TRAIL” —HAN-SHAN, TRANSLATED BY GARY SNYDER
/ Five Works

Five Works

by Anjula Caldwell

Power

Power

Renewed

Renewed

Sustenance

Sustenance

Taking Up Space

Taking Up Space

The Garden

The Garden

Anjula Caldwell

About Anjula Caldwell

Anjula Caldwell has been creating art her entire life. Whether she is painting with words, or photography and graphic design, or through pastels, pens, and most recently, paint, her heart has seen the nuances of life in abstract and colorful ways. It wasn’t until her health issue took hold that she realized it was time to renew her energy for the things that made her soul happy.

All of Anjula’s paintings, and art, stem from an emotional connection to people and how we experience life. She sees our lives as a canvas, our intentions as our paint brushes, and the colors as the experiences we share. Every painting she creates comes from communicating with the colors of the paint and how they interact with one another at that moment in time. Through an abstract approach, she allows each painting to take shape with both her intention toward the piece and the organic flow of being in the spur of the moment.  Each painting shares a piece of her with the viewer. It’s a moment together, where the viewer brings their feelings to the image and a new piece is born. Even when we’re all looking at the same painting physically, Anjula holds space knowing not everyone may be seeing the same thing. Art is a love letter, from the creator to the viewer, and colors are the words Anjula uses to speak.

Anjula Caldwell is an artist, photographer, writer, graphic designer, and overall geek of color. She lives in Boone, NC with her husband and two kids. She runs her freelance graphic design business in the High County of North Carolina alongside her painting career. Painting has been a refuge and a rebirth of her creativity. Creating paintings that people connect to in a way that brings them joy or closer to their own experiences drives Anjula’s creative process. It’s always been about the people.

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