A life-long artist with experience in many mediums, Ann finds oil painting the most powerful and direct way to reveal her vision and artist voice. For the last 15 years she has been focused on Charleston and its coastal surroundings. “I love the excitement of going over the bridges of Charleston, seeing the horizontal bands of colors, the big skies, the thousands of greens, blues, golds, and reds revealed in fleeting moments as we travel in the low country. This landscape, ageless and ever new, where the big sky and the horizon seem to go forever, is always so paintable. I continue to be fascinated by the low country with its mysteries and ancient secrets in the huge live oaks, the sea shells in the soil of my garden, the timeworn surfaces of old buildings with their wrinkled faces of wonderful details. These are irresistible resources for an artist.
Works include coastal landscapes, architecture, figures, and slice of life images, with atmosphere and a brilliant palette. Ann’s history, with weaving fibers and watercolor, has enhanced her love of the marsh. Grasses are natural textiles with their subtle patterns of color and value, enriched by texture and light.
She paints, not with a slick surface, but with a surface that reveals the process of the developing painting, the excitement in the brush eager to describe the vision. In a style that can be called gestural realism, the canvas is as personal as handwriting and finger prints. Favorite brushes dance and describe, push, layer, crumble, scrape and spread paint on the canvas, allowing traces of previous tracks to occasionally appear, revealing the previous layers and the history of building a painting.
Ann has a B.F.A. degree from Wayne State University,
Masters Degree from Siena College followed by 35 hours of post-graduate work, plus numerous painting workshops in oil and pastel.
An art educator for 30 years, she has taught at all educational levels,1st grade to college and adult