Ann Guidera-Matey is a contemporary impressionist painter whose landscapes elicit an emotional response. Using light, color, and texture, she leads the viewers into her paintings where they are invited to stay, take a deep breath and experience the moment. Compositions are simple and direct. Her primary medium is pastel. She enjoys pastels immediacy and finds the vibrant colors effective for conveying emotion. She applies her pastel to a panel that is under painted with acrylic and then primed with a pumice gel mixture that provides texture. Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley and Hudson, New York. Recent trips to Ireland, France, and Italy have energized her work.
Ann has been working with pastels for approximately 25 years and like most artists, continues to be a student of art, taking classes with Master Pastelists - Liz Haywood Sullivan, Elizabeth Mowry, Terri Ford, and Toni Allain. After raising her family and leaving a position in arts administration in 2015, she has been able to pursue her passion for pastels full time. She is a Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society and a Member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She lives in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania with her husband, Ed.