Ann’s working life was a life of fashion, texture and colour. She owned and ran 10 fashion outlets in the main towns of South Australia. This is where her appreciation for colours and textures grew.
Ann has been an artist for 10 years. She has not had formal training. Her learning was mainly in a group of hobby painters in Goolwa. She has always enjoyed colour, shapes and texture in abstract paintings. Ann loves nature, the shapes and the colours that occur within it.
She hung her first paintings in 2011 in the Alexandrina Art Show. One of the paintings Ann exhibited was a mixed medium painting.
The competition was judged by Annabelle Collett. Ann was overwhelmed when her name was called as the winner of the Art Show. This painting was acquired by the Alexandrina Council.
Her sales are mainly through entering exhibitions and being part of the gallery, Art @ Goolwa, a cooperative, representing Fleurieu artists.
She studied drawing and painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art for 2 years in 2015 and 2016.
Ann spent some time painting with a wonderful artist, Louise Feneley in 2017. Through Louise’s teaching, she learned that all paintings are a collection of abstract shapes.
Recently, in 2018 she was fortunate enough to do an online course with Nicholas Wilton called Art2Life. This was a life/art changing course, and she is sure that it has strengthened her art making. The course ran for 12 weeks and contained valuable knowledge and skills to enable an artist to take their work further and to challenge them.
Ann paints in her studio, which is a converted garage. It is less space than she would like, but she has fun painting, and it’s something that she looks forward to doing every day. Ann explains that when she paints she does it intuitively, responding to the last mark or colour she makes. Most of her paintings have multiple layers of paint on them, which she feels gives them history and texture. She scribbles, draws, uses pencils, pens, pastels, collage and paint on all layers. The painting tells her when it is finished.
Her paintings are a reflection of her and her soul. If she didn’t paint, these paintings would not be here for you to enjoy. They are her gift to you.
Ann has exhibited in numerous groups since 2011
2019 Art@Goolwa - Group Exhibitions
2018 Walkerville Rotary Show - Prize for Best Oil or Acrylic in Show
2018 SALA exhibition - Hastwell and Lightfoot Winery
2017 Goolwa Rotary Art Show – Emerging Artist prize
2016 Victor Harbour Rotary Art Show - High Commendation from David Chen
2011 Alexandrina Art Show - Winner