About the Artist
In 1991, Ann received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead MN with majors in Biology, Chemistry and Art. She continued on to studying painting at the University Illinois and Eastern Michigan University. With a micro-studio in Duluth, Minnesota, she exhibits in several states and is represented by five galleries. She currently teaches workshops in drawing and painting throughout the Midwest.
You can contact Ann at 715-869-0665 and she will call you back just as soon as she emerges from the woods.
Or, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find her work at the following galleries
Hanni Gallery, Harbor Springs MI
Fine Line Design, Ephraim, WI
Moondeer Gallery, Boulder Junction, WI
Northfield Arts Guild, Northfields, MN
Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau WI
I enjoy playing with all the elements of art. Composition, contrast, line, texture, rhythm, repetition, value, form and color contain infinite possibilities and allow me to work on several series simultaneously. Thought different in appearance, each series informs the other. Often a series will start with one of these elements.
The Works on Metal series is all about contrast. Contrast in rendering the object and its shadow, but also in the papery, natural texture of birch bark versus the flat machine-made texture of the metal. The oil on metal technique started as a challenge among a small group of graduate students at Eastern Michigan University. We were to paint with our materials in antitheses to our subject. I chose birch bark versus sheet metal.
I love all the fine detail of a few simple blades of grass with their endless shades of green, graceful curves brought up against a homogenous surface like brushed copper. The choice of botanical subject versus industrial substrate is intentional and serves to illustrate the constant push and pull of our natural and man made worlds.
Works on aluminum are durable and can be gently wiped clean with a damp, lint-free cloth, then a dry one. Works on copper are coated with a very thin layer of Rennaisance wax, an archival wax that prevents tarnish and fingerprints. These too can be wiped clean.