Possibly the hardest working member of our team is our fearless leader, Anne-Marie Hyatt, President/CEO of Zendustria Studios and also one of its artists. This Michigan girl has lived in North Carolina most of her life, but that midwestern entrepreneurial and inventive frontier pioneer spirit runs deep in her veins. She is a tireless problem-solver, manager, agent, but also manages to execute some beautiful paintings and sculpture.
She has been a working designer and artist for well over a decade. She co-founded Zendustria Studios, a neo-Renaissance guild of artists and designers dedicated to bringing art and design to home and office, while still in college, and it made sense with her acumen and talent to take the lead. She now holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the College of Design at NC State University with a focus on art, computer game and imagery design; she is also a member of Tau Sigma Delta honor society for architecture and allied arts. She even had the honor of studying Renaissance art, art history, and architecture at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy.
When asked what inspires her art, it becomes a difficult question. Her extensive training and travel influence and inform her art, and she takes references from all over the world to create visual works that blend styles and techniques. Souvenirs, trinkets, and objets d’art from around the globe provide beautiful stimulus in her home and work/studio environment, and there’s art everywhere, and she so too keeps the tools to make it handy.
“I work in watercolor, acrylics, and do sculpture with plaster and mixed media. I haven’t settled into one style or media, honestly, because my visions may not be suited to just one. I am a dreamer and most of my inspiration comes to me this way. It is impossible to capture the free flow of images that run through my brain, but I do my best to lay them out and share them with the world.”
When asked about the meaning of “Zendustria,” she has no direct answer, but instead gives you an idea what it might be like to be so in tune with your creativity. She responds that “[Zendustria.. is] that feeling of oneness with your creative energy, when you are so far in the zone it pours out of you like water over stones… that’s what we were trying to capture with a name. That’s Zendustria.”
The zen of creation.