March - April 2021
My work as a painter is always informed by the watercolor process - I need to think layers ahead because of the transparent nature of the medium. Happily, I like the planning and the challenge of preserving the white of the paper to achieve luminous results.
The appeal of a subject is about the light no matter what it is - could be the frog in my garden pond or a New York City street scene. I’m also drawn to imagery that combines fluidity with intricate detail and has strong contrast. Every painting is a problem to solve - the technical and interpretive decisions made need to complement each other. A truly good painting both surprises me and is exactly what I had in mind at the outset. So a ‘better’ good painting is always waiting on the next blank sheet of beautiful paper!
My hope is that my paintings invite you, the viewer, into the work to look more closely. And to draw you back even after the image has become familiar. I create art because that state of engagement is where I feel the most alive - I guess it could be called “being in the zone”, a different but similar experience for everyone. I am likely, after officially quitting for the day, to be back in the studio for a look several times before the evening is over - evaluating, celebrating, regretting perhaps, thinking about the next step. For me, this is joyous.
Ann Hart has been living an artist’s life on Cape Cod since the seventies when she spent a summer in Chatham during college. Her creative career has taken various paths including pottery, fiber arts, graphic design, photography and even a 9 year stint as an innkeeper. But drawing and painting have always been her mainstay even when her energy was elsewhere. Now, painting, and specifically watercolor, have been her focus for the last 15 years. Primarily self-taught, Ann has studied with such watercolor luminaries as Mary Whyte and John Salminen.
In conjunction with creating award-winning paintings, Ann has expanded her profile by demonstrating her technique and teaching workshops. She has attained signature status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The New England Watercolor Society, and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, acknowledgements of excellence achieved through numerous acceptances to national and regional exhibitions juried by some of the most accomplished watercolorists of our time. Her awards are numerous at the national and local level.
Other recognitions include being among the artists featured in Deborah Forman’s book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, Schiffer Publishing 2013. Ann has also had two videos produced, one by the Orpheum Theater in Chatham and a longer demonstration and overview of her work by The Colour in Your Life Australian TV Series, easily viewed on Youtube. She is represented by Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA and her work can be seen online at www.galleryantonia.com and www.annhartsart.com.
Due to Covid-19, the Helen Bumpus Gallery remains closed until further notice
Like most artists, I started drawing before I could write. A little girl in love with everything pink, I first copied the ballerinas on my bedroom wallpaper. Luckily, over the years, a few important teachers helped me find a more original voice. In childhood, a school art teacher identified an early love and introduced me to world of texture and color that struck an important chord. However, it was not until adulthood that I found my own inspiration. Again, it was the good fortune to find caring, thoughtful, skilled teachers that led me first to drawing monochromatic portraits, and later to painting in pastel. Through the process, I realized that the act of painting has helped me to see and to appreciate the world around me more than I ever realized. I now specialize in portraits, landscapes and still life. The light, texture and forms that draw me to landscapes and still life are enhanced in my portrait work by the gesture and sparkle that light the human face.
Most recently, I have focused my attention on water, capturing the power of surf and the tranquil beauty of reflections. Both subjects allow me to explore the colors of New England and its unique coast. As before, these subjects only really resonate for me where the cracks of light gives the image its personality and emotion.
Cindy Whipple Crimmin, PSA, IAPS-MC
Copley Society All Pastel Show 2020, First Place
- IAPS Convention Show, Master Circle category, Honorable Mention, 2019
- Pastel Journal, Pastel 100, 2018, 2019. 2020
- Pastel Journal, Feature Article, May/June 2019
- Pastel Society of Cape Cod Signature Show, Award of Excellence, 2017
- Pastel Society of Cape Cod: For Pastel Only Show Awards, 2015, 2019
- Connecticut Pastel Society: Renaissance Show Awards, 2015, 2017
- International Association of Pastel Societies Annual Shows, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
- Pastel Society of America Show, Enduring Brilliance, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Connecticut Pastel Society: Renaissance in Pastel, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
- Three Person Show, Left Bank Gallery, August 2019
- Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod: For Pastels Only 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
- Copley Society Members Winter Show 2020
- Copley Society Portrait Show 2017
- Copley Society Member Juried Show 2016, 2020
- Cahoon Museum of American Art Show, Cotuit, Massachusetts, 2016
- Gallery Seven, Maynard, Massachusetts, 2016
- Spring Bull Gallery, Newport RI, 2016
- Academic Artist Juried Show, Vernon, Connecticut 2015
- Bennington Art Center Juried Show 2014
- Pastel Society of America (Signature Member)
- International Association of Pastel Societies (Master Circle)
- Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (Signature Member)
- Copley Society (Signature Member)
- Connecticut Pastel Society
- Left Bank Gallery, Orleans and Wellfleet, Massachusetts
- Francesca Anderson Gallery, Lexington, Massachusetts
- Teaching workshops for local and national groups for the past two year, such as PPSCC 2019; PSNH 2019.
- IAPS Vose Gallery 2015
- Framingham Art Association 2018
- Fruitlands Museum, Harvard Massachusetts
- Private classes in my studio 2016-present
- 41 years of teaching in public and private schools; 34 years as classroom teacher and 7 years as an administrator; Ph.D in Education