Annie Harris Massie

  • Selected Works


    Hydrangea, Early Morning, 2017
    Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

    Afternoon, Queen Anne’s Lace in Our Front Field, 2016.
    Oil on panel 46 x 60 inches

    Six Bouquets, 2014
    Oil and encaustic on panels, 72 x 72 inches
    Field in September, 2014.
    Oil on panel, 46 x 60″



  • Past Exhibitions

    Annie Harris Massie
    6 July – 13 November 2016

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    Annie Harris Massie
    Cultivated Wild
    21 November – 28 December 2014

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    Anne Adams Robertson Massie
    and Annie Harris Massie

    16 November – 30 December 2012

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    Annie Harris Massie:New Paintings
    15 October – 14 November 2010

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    Annie Harris Massie
    Paintings & Drawings from the Landscape

    4 – 29 November 2008

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    Annie Harris Massie | Light & Place
    27 October – 25 November 2006


    Annie Harris Massie | Places of Color and Light
    19 November 2004 – 2 January 2005


  • Biography

    Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Annie Harris Massie resides in Lynchburg. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Hollins College and a Masters in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, Virginia; Bank of the James, Lynchburg; Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Emily Couric Cancer Center at the University of Virginia.

    In addition to painting, Massie founded McKinnon and Harris, Inc. with her brother, William McKinnon Massie, Jr., to manufacture their original designs of furniture for the landscape. Their garden furniture has won numerous design awards and been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Veranda, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Town & Country to name just a few.

    More background information about Massie and Mckinnon and Harris may be found here.

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    Annie Harris Massie paints landscapes in oil with an interest, “in capturing the essential character of a place”. In describing her interest in a l andscape’s essential character, Massie explains, “ I am less interested in extraneous detail, rather I am more interested in distilling a landscape down to the essence, stripping it down to the basics—to a particular, very specific quality of light and shape which hold the essential character of a place. I am attracted by the transformative nature of light, as the interplay of light and shadow reveals and obscures form.” Massie notes there is meaning and significance in the landscape beyond observed visual fact. She states, “I am interested in a poetic quality beyond observed visual fact, however, my work remains firmly an exploration of visual experience and optical phenomena, particularly of ephemeral, transitory effects. In painting the landscape I seek the unique character of a particular place, a particular time of day, a particular season, a particular quality of light.” 

  • Articles & Reviews

    Annie Harris Massie’s beautiful art-filled home was featured as the cover story of the May 2016 British House & Garden.

    Press about McKinnon & Harris