I see myself as a child swimming underwater exploring, amazed and absorbed by this visual, tactile and fluid experience. As an artist I connect these natural elements in my paintings, it is the fluid quality of the water, ink, paint, silk threads, transparency and light that reveal this essence of life in my art.
In the arctic, the water transforms into snow and ice, which in turn transforms everything into abstract and fluid shapes. As a river meanders, it carves a ribbon across the landscape, as a glacier moves it carves and shapes valleys and mountains, and as the ocean pummels the shoreline the rock faces are hollowed and etched. My pen follows the virtual journey to experience the land forms, the paths and rivers.
Colours nurture and stimulate my creative energy, chameleon lizards change colours to blend into the environment, I adapt my palette to enjoy the endless inspiration that colour energy brings out in my paintings.
Ann began her formal art studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and graduated from the Ontario College of Art with honors in Textile Design and was the recipient of the Inco and Samo scholarships. In Nova Scotia Ann continued her education at the College of Geographic Sciences, and Ann freely admits that the fine art of map making, added to her appreciation of land forms from a unique perspective.
Ann is currently represented by Northern Images in Yellowknife, Trees Gallery in Nova Scotia, and at Northern House, Vancouver, where she was commissioned to paint the mural ‘Arctic Winter Dreams’ for the 2010 Olympics.