“When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, energetic and faithful and you will accomplish your object.” 
   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As an oil painter, Ann explores a wide range of subject matter, from marshes and beaches to boats and figures, believing that it is not the subject matter that defines her art but the expression of it, the play of light, active compositions, textures and bold color choices. Ann combines an Impressionistic sensibility with touches of abstraction. She develops the image through several stages, starting with a gestural, wet on wet approach, adding layers through techniques such as scumbling and glazing. Composition and mood inform her art with the goal of creating a visual experience for the viewer. Ann is curious about the endless possibilities of art that can be created from experiencing such things as the soft light at the end of the day or the way the light reflects off of a piece of silver.  

Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. While there, she earned an internship at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC and also studied at the New York Studio School. Most recently, she has studied with nationally recognized artist, Andrew Braitman in Charlotte, NC.

Over the last six years, Ann’s paintings have been included in numerous juried shows including American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and Art in Embassies, a division of the U.S. State Department. Her paintings have been featured in the media including a commercial for the Levine Cancer Center and season three of the Showtime series, “Homeland.” Duke University Medical Pavilion commissioned Ann to paint a scene for its cancer center. Ann’s art hangs in numerous private collections around the country. 

Ann’s professional memberships include the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists. 

Ann believes that her art is a journey and that anything can be made magical by the addition of brush strokes, color and light! 

Ann Watcher
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University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, BFA, June 1986
New York Studio School, Summer Session, Painting and Drawing, New York, NY 1984
Corcoran Museum of Art, Internship, Department of Prints and Drawings, Washington, D.C. 1984

April 2016, Women Painters of the Southeast 5th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Abingdon, VA
April 2016, Back to the Garden, a national juried show, Ciel Gallery, Honorable Mention, Charlotte, NC
Jan 2016, 10th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL
Aug 2015, Arts in Embassies Exhibit – Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain
June 2015, Carolina’s Got Art! Salon Show, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
May 2015, Art League of Hilton Head 2015 Biennial, Hilton Head, SC, Winner, Best of Show
April 2015, Women Painters of the Southeast Annual Juried Exhibition, Blue Ridge, GA
April 2015, American Women Artists Spring Online Exhibition
May 2014, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society International Online Exhibition
April 2014, Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Juried Exhibition, Providence, R.I. Bradford. Swan Award for Oil Work 
July 2013, Salon Show, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
May 2013, Carolina’s Got Art! Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Nov 2012, American Women Artists’ National Juried Show, K. Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ

Sept 2015, No Shades of Grey, ArtSource Fine Art, Raleigh, NC
Aug 2014, Marsh Reflections, Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, SC
Mar 2014, Exploration & Individuality, Tyler White O’Brien Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Sept 2013, New Light, ArtSource Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

June 2013, Duke University Medical Pavilion, Raleigh, NC

American Women Artists, Associate Member
American Impressionist Society, Associate Member
Women Painters of the Southeast, Associate Member 

Three Spirits Ashore 
48 x 48
Alight With Blooms
34 x 24
Before the Party
28 x 26
Playing to the Sea
48 x 48
Stranded In Paradise
18 x 24