Tequila aficionado, traveler, explorer, and artist are only a few of the things that define Annamarie Pabst. Annamarie started working at W San Francisco in fall of 2011 as a Cocktail Server in the Living Room Bar. Serving drinks by night (very delicious drinks, I might add) and painting by day, Annamarie has fused many of her interests to build a portfolio of inspiring work over the years.
It all started back in St. Paul, Minnesota where Annamarie grew up. From there, she went on to study in Portland, Oregon, then spent a semester abroad in Kenya and Tanzania, and most recently lived in Vietnam for a year teaching English to primary school children. All of this before she landed in San Francisco! Are you getting wanderlust yet?
Her travels around the world and in our very own city of San Francisco have been a source of inspiration for Annamarie’s art. We played 21 questions to find out what inspires her to create, her go-to karaoke song, and how she navigates life as an artist in San Francisco.
Of all the amazing places to which you have traveled, do you have a favorite?
I got to see the Northern Lights on a backpacking trip in Western Canada. I’ll never forget that. I was also fortunate to study abroad in Kenya and Tanzania for a semester in college. Before moving to San Francisco, I spent a year in Vietnam teaching English.
Have you drawn inspiration from your travels for your art?
While I was studying in Vietnam, I took a trip to Cambodia that inspired my series of charcoal drawings S-21 Prison Series. I visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh where the walls are lined with mugshots of some of the victims of Khmer Rouge. This experience stuck with me well beyond my time in Vietnam and Cambodia. I didn’t begin my series of charcoal portraits until 2012, which took three years to complete.
You’ve been around the world, but what are some of your favorite things about your home in San Francisco?
San Francisco is packed with gorgeous parks, beaches, and stunning views. Lafayette Park, the Presidio, and Crissy Field to name a few. I love walking around in North Beach and drinking at ancient establishments such as House of Shields or Vesuvio.
How does San Francisco inspire your art?
Inspiration and ideas formulate in bits and pieces over time. Literature, movies, travel, people I know, music, illustrations, wilderness, architecture, all of these things can contribute to envisioning a painting. Caravaggio’s work inspires me, as well as movies directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Favorite restaurant in San Francisco?
Any guilty pleasures?
Cheese. It’s the best.
Drink of choice?
Favorite cocktail at W San Francisco?
The R&R. It's a Manhattan that tastes like root beer. So you get to feel like a grown-up and a kid at the same time.
Go-to karaoke song?
In my imaginary life, it’s “When You Were Mine” by Cindy Lauper
Annamarie’s S-21 Portrait Series will be on display at the Roll Up Gallery at Public Works from February 10 – March 10. Celebrate the opening of this exhibit this Friday, February 10th from 6 – 9 PM.
Opening Friday, February 10th, 2017
6 – 9 PM
Roll Up Gallery
161 Erie Street
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