She has a B.A. Hons. (Fine Arts) degree from the University of Ottawa with the first and second years of that degree spent at Sir George Williams University in Montreal and Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick. It was at Mt. A. where Printmaker David Silverberg’s teachings inspired her love of classic etching, which she has practised over the last 40 years.
She enjoys being a member of the Okanagan Artists of Canada Society in Vernon and is an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her work is held in private and public collections throughout Canada, New Zealand and the U.K.
Etching is a very old art form. She draws her design with a steel needle onto a zinc plate that is covered with an acid resistant coating. The plate is then “etched” by immersion into a bath of nitric acid, which “bites” the drawing into the plate. It is then inked and run through a hand-cranked press, to produce a “print”. Her editions of etchings are limited to about 30 prints per plate. Sometimes, she cuts zinc plates to the shape of individual birds or animals and etches an image in the plate reflecting their habitat.
Ann enjoys working with acrylics for her landscape paintings.