Ann Squire A.S.E.A.
With previous generations of her family steeped in the farming life, it is perhaps not surprising that Ann Squire grew up surrounded by a motley collection of animals. Drawings of a beloved pit rescue pony and a variety of other animals perpetuated a desire to pursue art as a career. With few opportunities available at that time, Ann turned to nursing, enjoying almost 30 years in that field, before fate decreed a new pathway!
Suffering depression after surgery in 1996. Ann turned again to Art, discovering its therapeutic qualities not only lifted the debilitating effects of the illness, but ignited the long-felt desire to draw and paint... and a new career! Ann's favourite subjects are wildlife and horses, with forays into coastal scenes prompted by the beautiful Dorset coast close to home. Although her preferred mediums are oil and pastel, Ann has been challenging herself using acrylic in recent years.
Going from strength to strength she has gained numerous accolades. Voted Amateur "Wildlife Artist of the year" by Wildscape magazine in 2006 & 2009. Also a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year. 2013 her painting of a Lizard was awarded Best Acrylic Painting in the National Exhibition Of Wildlife Art. In 2014 her painting shortlisted in the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year was highly commended and a painting of a Donkey and Foal was awarded best in Show by public vote, In the New Forest Open Exhibition Lyndhurst. In May 2015 Ann was contacted by the prestigious Visual Language Magazine U.S.A who wanted to include her work and to write an article on the atmospheric light in her paintings. 2015 A painting of elephants was awarded best pastel at Ringwood Art Society Summer Exhibition.
In addition to exhibiting with 4SA at Exbury Gardens & Ringwood Art society Ann exhibits with the Society of Equestrian Art, The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art Liverpool, and has had work selected & hung in the Pastel Society, The Society of Women Artist and the David Shepherd Wildlife Exhibition London.
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