Although I am a PhD dental educator by formal training, I have been painting almost 20 years. I have been instructed by a number of well-known painters, including local artists Suzanne Kelly Clark, Niki Gulley, Sheri Jones, Laurie Pace and Charlotte Seifert; East Coast artists Henry Finkelstein and Robert Hunter; and Western painter Don Sahle. Much of this was plein air work in Texas, Cape Cod and Europe.
Color is my thing. I want people to look at my paintings and say, "O, what gorgeous color!" Collectors tell me that I “always seem to choose the right colors.” They also tell me that my paintings are “happy.” I guess that is because I paint scenes that make me feel good which gets conveyed to the canvas. I also like a thick paint surface with lots of texture, so I am mostly palette knife painting these days.
I have traveled internationally on painting trips to Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome and Tuscany) and France (Paris, Monet's garden and Provence). Painting on the bench where Monet did all his water lilies was deeply inspiring. Painting in the lavender and sunflower fields of Provence was both a visual and olfactory (heavenly) experience that I will never forget. Having the opportunity to see the work of the impressionists and the places where they were painted has greatly enhanced my own painting.
My art work can be seen at:
Antique Row in Dallas
Art Facebook https://www.facebook.com/annmccannartplace/