Ann Wilkinson PS
Ann Wilkinson was born in Derbyshire but moved to Lancashire as a child where she grew up.
After attending The Hume Grammar School for Girls in Oldham, she took a foundation course at Oldham School of Art and transferred to Manchester College of Art.
On getting married, Ann moved to Warwickshire and completed her training at Birmingham College of Art. Ann lived in Atherstone, Warwickshire, where she raised three children and taught at the local secondary school. While at college and for many years afterwards Ann worked solely in oils doing still life and landscapes. Around 20 years ago she discovered pastels for the first time after going out to work on a landscape. She never looked back. She was amazed at the immediate effects she could achieve with this easy-to-use medium. Ann didn’t use oils again for many years, working consistently instead to develop and refine her pastel technique. While living in Warwickshire Ann was elected member of the Leicester Society of Artists. She is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Ann holds these groups in high regard and still exhibits with them.
In 2003 Ann moved to Surrey and became a member of the Pastel Society in 2005. She is Secretary for the Friends of the Society which has given her many opportunities. Ann has relished the chance to meet many talented people who are enthusiastic about pastels and art in general.
Ann has worked and exhibited in Oman and Amsterdam: held workshops in Southern Ireland: exhibited in Leicester, Birmingham, Surrey and the Mall galleries.
I am happiest when working in my studio where I can study the object in front of me in a controlled situation. It’s like making a jigsaw puzzle where every object produces spaces and shadows which fit together to make a cohesive, interesting painting.