Arianne grew up in a landscape of gardens, farms and the sea near Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a "child of nature," Arianne found an artistic release through dance and drawing. Arianne later studied commercial art and art history at Howard University, which led to a teaching career in Detroit, Michigan. In 1992, Arianne’s artistic muse led her to Ogshobo, Nigeria, where a United Nations grant allowed her to study indigo dying in the Yoruban tradition. Arianne eventually moved to St. Helena, where her lifelong love of family history, ocean landscapes and African folk art created a sense of "homecoming."