Art replenishes the spirit of those who live with it. A piece of art can reconnect you emotionally with those simple moments in nature when you took a deep breath and forgot about everything else in the world. The glow at sunset, a field of sunflowers or Queen Anne's lace blowing in the wind or the rhythmic masts of boats reflected in quiet waters are just some of those take your breath away moments. Ann's hope is to paint, recapture and share her emotional response to these instances in nature. Light, color, and texture, invite you into her paintings where you can slow down, take a deep breath and experience the moment.
Ann's compositions are simple and direct and pastel is her primary medium. She enjoys the immediacy of pastels and finds the vibrant color effective for conveying joy or wonderment. Her pastels are applied to a panel that is under-painted with acrylic and then primed with a pumice gel mixture that provides texture.
Ann has been working with pastels for approximately 25 years and like most artists, enjoys being a student and taking classes with internationally known Master pastelists. Favorite places of inspiration include the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the New Jersey Shore, the Brandywine River Valley Hudson, New York and Maine. Recent trips to Ireland, France and Italy have energized her work. After raising her family and leaving a positiuon in arts administration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2015, Ann is now able to pursue her passion for pastels fulltime. Now living in Rose Valley Pa with her husband, Ann paints at Heron Crest Studios in Aston, Pennsylvania.