AND ARTIST STATEMENT
Ann is known for her large-scale panoramic landscapes, florals and rural scenes of Canada. Bold, visible brushstrokes and thick, luscious oil paint are characteristic of her paintings, which have been described as contemporary impressionism. Gnarly old trees with their own linear personalities, grasses shifting in the wind, hidden marshes, - these are some of the subject matters which have inspired Ann’s landscapes.
Her florals portray the exquisite rhythm and flow which are at the root of nature surrounding us. They are larger-than-life, close up and personal , inviting the viewer to immerse themselves in the painting. They are an open invitation into the heart and soul of the natural world, a reminder of the peace and tranquility that exists if we but look for it.
For the past few years Ann has found new passion in painting outdoors, en plein air. This method of painting stems back to the mid 19th century. She has been involved in major Plein air events in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. She has won major awards for her plein air work, including first place at the Elora Plein Air Festival, 2018 in Ontario, and third place in the 2017 Bragg Creek, Alberta Plein Air Festival. Ann has been juried into the Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Plein Air Festival taking place in June of 2019. She continues to promote Plein Air painting events and workshops throughout Canada.
Her work is shown in galleries across Canada and held in collections around the world. She is an Associate member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the workshop co-ordinator for the Central Okanagan Chapter.. Ann spends most of her time working and teaching at her studio in Lake Country, B.C
I seek to learn the language of nature, to feel at one with the trees and plants that surround us. When I go outside to paint, I feel a rush, a pure inner joy and elation. I strive to capture that happiness in my work. I watch the way the tall lean stalks of the flowers around me move gently in the wind. Each petal, limb, leaf is different from the one beside it, each beautiful in its uniqueness. I look at trees and I feel grounded – I believe they have a story to tell if you listen long enough. I yearn to draw their gnarly limbs, to capture their individuality, to paint their linear personalities.
I paint my emotions as opposed to an exact replica of the scene before me, the feelings evoked in that moment when I first set eyes on my surrounding, whether it’s the color harmony, the linear detailing, or the interplay of light and shadows. I’m overwhelmed sometimes by the powerful passion that bubbles up from deep inside me, imploring me to capture those images on canvas. And when It all comes together in my paintings, I know I have succeeded. And then I dance.