Ann Scanlan received a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduation, she continued her art education at the Art Students League in NYC, studying for eight years with distinguished realist artist Frank Mason.
In 2001, she and her husband, photographer Rick Scanlan, opened Sylvan Gallery in Clinton, CT. Representing up to twenty artists, Sylvan Gallery became one of the premier art galleries on the CT shoreline and was consistently reviewed in the shoreline papers for the high quality of its exhibitions.
In May of 2012, the Scanlans relocated their gallery to Wiscasset, Maine. Right before the move, Ann discovered the work of Tina Ingraham of Bath, Maine and was captivated by her unusual color palette. Once in Maine, Ann joined her studio class and learned the technique of “indirect painting” which enables her to develop paintings beyond the initial inspiration of plein air studies. She found Ingraham’s experience and insights invaluable and regards her as a valuable mentor.
“Always inspired by the rugged coastline that Maine is known for, recently I’ve become more aware of the small farms tucked into the landscape quite near our home. I’ve been working on a series of paintings exploring the theme of animals in the rural landscape. I feel a profound sense of peace as I follow a group of sheep as they graze or in observing their social interactions. When I start a new painting, I first look for the color harmony relating the atmospheric conditions of the sky with the land, always trying to convey the particular mood of the scene. As the painting develops, I try to to capture a sense of what I feel while in their presence.”
If not in the gallery, Ann may be found painting on site or utilizing photographs to work from while painting in her studio over the winter months.