I have been an avid watercolor artist for many years, capturing an animal's personality in detailed portraits. While I love it, and it will always have a place in my heart, a couple of years ago I felt the need to express myself more boldly, with an almost "devil may care' attitude. This attitude has led me to experiment, first with acrylic paint, then mixed media collage and now to decoupaging glass. The detailed cutting of paper, bluing hundreds of pieces into place and having glue and paper waft all over the studio is joyful. As I work on each piece, I combine the joy of childhood play with my learned knowledge of composition, balance and color.
Ann started painting in 1985 to escape the pressure of work. Her first lesson was in the basement of a community center in Virginia, just outside Washington DC. Her teacher taught her how to hold a brush, mix colors, and put what she saw onto paper. Watercolor landscapes and still life slowly evolved into a love of painting animals and finally hundreds of detailed, realistic pet portraits.
Next came acrylics, applying paint directly from the tube onto canvas. Again, this was a challenge and she created some dramatic pieces of which she is proud.
In 2019 she saw someone decoupage an object and her energy, enthusiasm and interest sparked. Her first piece of used glass, combined with paper and glue and varnish turned that spark into a passion. Each new piece she creates stokes her creative energy, bringing joy and fulfillment.
She now uses decoupage regularly on glass and canvases. It is challenging and joyful.
Her work is currently on display at the Carmel Valley Art Association in Carmel Valley, California. She is also a Board Member of the organization.
Past Juried Shows and Awards Include:
Ironstone Winery, Murphys, CA (1st. Place winner of Themed Competition)
Pacific Grove Public Library, CA (one of 12 for their 105th anniversary, national competition)
San Luis Obispo Art Museum, CA (Art of Fine Craftsmanship)
Northern California Arts Association, Sacramento, CA (Award of Excellence)
Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA (juried in 5 different competitions & honorable mention)
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA (Awarded Honorable Mention)
Carmel CA (Carmel By the Sea Holiday Banner, one of 20 winners)
Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL (benefit auction)
WGBH Boston, MA (auctioned poster design)
Artists Group of Charlestown, Charlestown, MA (founding member)