ÁINE (pronounced Anya) is an artist, designer, and yogini based in Northern California. Raised on 11 acres of farmland in the Brandywine Valley of Northern Delaware, Áine grew up roaming the woods, caring for seedlings, and studying the landscape painters of the Brandywine School of Art. This upbringing fostered within her a deep reverence for the land and a fascination with the healing power of nature while laying the foundation for her personal philosophy and creative work.
Áine relocated to San Francisco in 2008, undertaking study in philosophy, ethics and fine art at the University of San Francisco. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where she trained under master fresco painter Mario Passavante and learned the traditional methods of grinding and mixing raw pigments to create natural paints that stand the test of time.
Áine graduated with honors and went on to pursue an MFA from The George Washington University in Interior Architecture and Design. There she studied sustainable building practices and was particularly inspired by the ideas of Paolo Soleri. She graduated in 2014 eager to create spaces that foster not only the physical health of their occupants, but their spiritual wellbeing as well.
In the past six years, Áine has organized over 20 exhibitions and installations of her work in public spaces, corporate environments, and private showings, and has participated in countless curated exhibitions around the San Francisco Bay Area.
To mark the turning of the new decade and her own 30th birthday, in early 2020 she assumed the pseudonym ÁINE, a name that contains the complexity, style, and purpose that she aims to pursue in the next decade of her career.
She continues to transform under-utilized spaces into divine experiences through her commissioned string installations, and paints visions of a world more aware and connected through its relationship to nature.