Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann McCann.
Ann, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started drawing and painting when my daughter was 6 years old. She showed talent in drawing, so I enrolled her in the Lakewood Arts Academy, a program for children run by Barley Vogel. It looked like fun, and I thought that drawing skills would help me create visuals for my lectures at the dental school.
I started in an adult drawing course and started painting soon after. I did plein air painting for fifteen years with Suzanne Kelly Clark and still take painting classes with Niki Gulley. I like painting the landscape, and my mother inspired a love of flowers. She cherished her own flower beds well into her 80s. I have been on many painting trips in the US, Europe and Israel, including Paris, Monet’s garden, the Alhambra in Spain, the lavender fields of Provence and the hills of Tuscany.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I like the excitement of being “in the flow” of painting. Right now I can only paint on the weekends, so I really look forward to it. I want my paintings to make people feel good or take them back to an event or person that makes them feel loved or happy. I am a “cup half full” person, rather than a “cup half empty,” so I want people to feel that optimism when they look at my paintings.
I especially like to paint flowers and flowers in the landscape, with thick paint applied with a knife and bright colors that glow. When I travel, I like to make watercolor sketches of the landscape and use them with photos to create oil paintings in my studio.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Paint as much as you can. I have participated in several 30 Paintings in 30 Days events over the last few years and have been amazed at how much I improved by daily painting. When I posted the daily paintings online, people were very kind and helpful with their feedback. That was when I started selling my work.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen at my website, annmccann.net. I am also on Instagram and Facebook. I have several flower paintings at the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas and participate in their biannual peer-reviewed shows.
People can support me by subscribing to my blog posts at my website and telling others about my work. I also do commissions and watercolor house portraits.
- Address: 5917 Palo Pinto Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
- Website: annmccann.net
- Phone: 214-908-8378
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: ann.mccann
- Facebook: ann mccann art place
All work by Ann McCann