When I was so young that I needed to hold my mother's hand and stretch my neck to look straight up to see the paintings, I can still remember being transformed by seeing Andrew Wyeth's paintings in a retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago. While I thought every little girl must have felt the same way when viewing art, I realize now that this magnificent feeling and desire to be an artist was something sacred that I was lucky enough to be born with. Although I always knew I wanted to be an artist, the path was definitely not a straight line. My eccentric Godmother was an artist, painting huge, colorful flowers and landscapes in the style of Monet – applied with great joy in her magnificent brush strokes. I watched and imitated her throughout my young years. Art defined me as I moved through high school, studying at the Sausalito Arts Center and at the University of Colorado in Boulder, but pressures to be financially independent mounted and I switched majors from Fine Art to Business.
I worked in Marketing for many years, married and raised two children. The turning point in my life came when I enrolled in painting classes at the Art Students League of Denver in 2005. Ron Hicks, Kevin Weckbach, Andrea Kemp, Kim English, Michelle Torrez, Molly Davis... I studied with them all. An intense workshop with Quang Ho in 2008 was as important as any moment since the Andrew Wyeth exhibit in changing my life. From Quang I learned the fundamentals and principles of good painting, and my focus has been straightforward from that time on. I have been fortunate to have been recognized by Southwest Art Magazine (“Artist To Watch in 2011”), have been accepted into many prestigious shows (Oil Painters of America, The Governor's Show, Windows To The Divine and many others) and have won numerous awards. I am grateful to my clients and to the private collections I have been included in. I love mentoring aspiring artists, sharing my passion with others and giving back to the artist community that has given so much to me.
Artist’s Statement Robert Henri stated, “The object isn’t to make art, but to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.” That statement so beautifully interprets the way I feel, and which is why my subject matter is wide - I paint when I see something that I just "have to paint!" More often than not that is a bouquet of flowers or a bowl of fruit that is just so beautifully lit, although I have a lifelong love affair with the figure as well. Although I often study in pastels and charcoal, oil is my primary medium. I find endless joy in the artistic journey – from the solitude in the studio to the collective energy of painting with my fellow artists – and am devoted to my life as an artist. Ann currently resides with her husband in Denver, Colorado.