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Ann Johnson

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Along the Wye


The Shed



How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I draw and paint the natural world finding marks and colours to express the subject. The painting/drawing develops in it's own way, potentially leading to an exciting image that, although several times removed from the original subject, retains its spirit. Drawing is at the core of my work which then develops in different mediums - charcoal, oil and acrylic paint.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being creative provides the opportunity to take risks and challenge expectations and boundaries. After working full-time as a journalist, largely to briefs and deadlines, I can now do as I please. Art is vital to society, for nourishing our self-expression and our mental well being. We all have different forms of creativity inside us, not least in thinking and how we live our lives. Happily, many more people are finding pathways in order to express this.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Paintings and drawings. Studio situated in Trenchard Street, Ross on Wye HR9 7BU

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My paintings are mostly in private collections and have also been accepted and hung at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Other images have been reproduced in books and magazines. I enjoy collaborating with poets and one of my collages has been reproduced on the cover of a new collection of poems by Anglesey poet Fiona Owen. Called Anima/l, it is published by Cinnamon Press this autumn. I have published a book of my drawings - Wild Margins, Drawings and Inspirations (Amazon). My new book, Wild Margins 2, After the Storm, features the River Wye and will be on sale at my studio during h.Art.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Putney School of Art and Eastbourne School of Art. Open University degree including the Art and it's Histories' module (Distinction). Lifelong learning has enabled me to take part in many exciting and challenging workshops and courses.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

h.Art 2021; h.Art 2022. The Loving Earth Project, Quaker Arts Network; The Heart of Art, Artistry Gallery, Ledbury; Seeking Routes, Swarthmore Hall, Cumbria; Coming Up Roses, Artichoke Gallery, Kent; Battersea Affordable Art Fair (Nicholas Bowlby Gallery); Group exhibitions Gallery 68 , Ulverston, Cumbria. A Point of View, The Secret Gallery, Newent, April 2023

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I shall also be showing work at a second h.Art venue - Artists at St Catherine's (Church), Hoarwithy HR26QH. Amazing snacks and lunches will be available!

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