After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1982, Ann gained an Andrew Grant Scholarship and spent time in France and Italy. Since then, she has travelled extensively and had a spell living in Southern Spain and more recently Vienna and Hungary before returning to the Scottish borders. Her experiences abroad and the warmth and sun of the Mediterranean all feed back into her joyful work.
While at Art College Anne was taught by leading Scottish artists including Sir Robin Philipson, Elizabeth Blackadder ad John Houston. Her work continues the tradition of the Scottish Colourists with her love of vibrant colour, contrasting warm and cool tones, and the juxtaposition of daring complementary colours. She explores a whole range of subjects including, still-life, flowers, garden, architecture and landscape. ‘I’m always looking at everything she explains. Usually, it will be about the colour, or it could be something to do with the architecture. A beautiful harmonious garden or a cathedral will elicit the same response in me. You just feel it in the gut and know you have to work on it. Perhaps it is something spiritual I sense?’
The wildflowers, seed heads and poppies surrounding her home and brilliant summer blooms in a riot of contrasting colour occur frequently in her paintings and for this show she has painted the blossom at Wemyss Castle in Fife celebrating the vibrant colours of spring against the brilliant blue of the sky.
Although trained in oils, Ann now works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. She frequently combines different media and techniques in her work, enjoying the freedom this brings her to experiment and push the boundaries of her work, scumbling, splashing on colour, combining heavily textured paint and thin glazes.
Ann has taught as a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, she is a member of RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters of Watercolour) and has won numerous awards including in 1991 the May Marshall Brown Award (RSW) and in 1998 the William Gilles Award RSW. Her work is held in such prestigious Collections as the Bank of Scotland; Britoil, Credit Lyonnais, Edinburgh University, Robert Fleming Holdings, Royal Bank of Scotland, Stirling Art Gallery and numerous International Corporate Collections as well as private Collections Worldwide. She has exhibited in leading galleries though out the UK including The Scottish Gallery, The Portland Gallery and the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro