Having initially studied foundation art and then a landscape design degree, Ann has come full circle back to painting. She is able to combine her two great passions of painting and an interest in the natural environment. As a child Ann would explore water meadows and hedgerows, looking for bird’s nests and wild flowers, drawing what she found, igniting a desire to paint and express her fascination and respect for nature.
Ann is inspired by the vast rockscapes of the Burren, the ever changing light of Rathlin Island, the unique habitats of Strangford Lough and the green pastures of her native Tyrone. She is drawn to expansive skies, wide open spaces and the last unspoilt wilderness of the sea. She is also inspired by the familiar, and like to convey the beauty of mizzly pastoral landscapes. Ann tries to capture the mood created by the weather and more often than not, find overcast days more interesting and atmospheric to paint than brighter days.
Ann works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and print. She enjoys the physical characteristics of paint and experiment with brush and mark making techniques, often building up layers using a knife to create depth and atmosphere.
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