PAINTINGS BY ANN WATCHER

ANN WATCHER, OIL                             CECIL BYRNE GALLERY, CHARLESTON, SC

Ann explores a wide range of subject matter in her art, believing that it is not the subject matter that defines her art but the expression of it, the play of light, active compositions and bold color choices. Lately, she have been painting subjects such as marshes, violinists on the beach, barns and vineyards. She blends an Impressionistic approach with touches of abstraction. When painting figuratively, Ann seeks to capture the essence of the person through expression, posture and setting. When painting landscape, Ann often develops the painting through several layers, starting with a gestural, wet on wet approach and adding layers through techniques such as dry brush and scumbling. Composition and mood, such as the soft light at the end of the day, inform her work as she tries to create a visual experience for the viewer.

Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. While there, she did an internship at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC and has also studied at the New York Studio School. Most recently, Ann studied with nationally recognized artist, Andrew Braitman in Charlotte, NC. In 2015, her painting “Channeling Edith Wharton” was selected “Best of Show” at the Art League of Hilton Head Biennale National Juried Show. Ann is honored that Art in Embassies, a division of the U.S. State Department contacted her to loan two paintings for an exhibit on southern women artists in the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain.

Additionally, several of her paintings have been juried into national shows, including Women Painters of the Southeast Annual Members Show, American Women Artists Online National Juried Show, and Carolina’s Got Art! Salon Show. Her painting “Greenville Road in Blue” was commissioned by Duke University Medical Pavilion in Raleigh, NC. Showtime’s “Homeland” chose two of Ann's paintings to use in season three.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Women Artists, Associate Member

American Impressionist Society, Associate Member