About the Artist
Based in Edinburgh, Ann’s work has featured in many exhibitions. Ann spends time walking and drawing and takes inspiration from the architecture and cityscapes of Edinburgh as well as the East Lothian coastline.
Having originally studied law at Edinburgh University and worked as a solicitor for several years, in 2011 Ann decided to pursue her interest in art by studying three short courses in landscape, cityscape and mixed media at Edinburgh College of Art. She has worked full time as an artist ever since.
Lyrical, lively and expressive, Ann Cowan’s paintings and mixed media works are inspired by her walks around Edinburgh and the East Lothian Coastline. Back in the studio Ann works swiftly to capture her immediate response to the subject. She admits to being pretty single minded when she paints, working alone and without interruption so that she can focus all her energy into the creative process. Ann does not begin a painting with an impression of how it will turn out; each painting develops differently but there is usually a point in the painting process where she suddenly understands what the painting needs.
‘The east coast of Scotland is the focus for my harbour sketches and paintings which feature in the latest exhibition at The Whitehouse Gallery.
All my ideas for new work begin on the undulating pages of my concertina sketchbooks. The freedom of expression which working in a sketchbook naturally encourages has led me to use more vivid colours and bolder mark making – something which I find the harbour paintings naturally demand. I feel most at home by the coast and this new work has allowed me to explore my connection with and how I feel about this place.
I’m so thrilled to be showing my work for the first time at the Whitehouse Gallery with such a wonderful group of artists.’