John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery | Charleston, SC John Carroll Doyle Art Gallery | Charleston, SC

Ann Watcher

As an oil painter, Ann explores a wide range of subject matter. She paints beaches, marshes, boats and figures, and more - believing that it is not the subject matter that defines her art; but the expression of it. Her play of light, the active compositions, textures, and bold color choices, delineate her unique paintings.  Ann combines an Impressionistic sensibility with touches of abstraction.  She develops the image through several stages, starting with a gestural wet on wet approach, adding layers through techniques such as scumbling and glazing.  Composition and mood inform her art with the goal of creating a visual experience for the viewer.  Ann is curious about the endless possibilities of art that can be created from witnessing such things as the soft light at the end of the day, or the way light defines a flower petal.    

Ann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. While there, she earned an internship at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC and also studied at the New York Studio School.  

Over the last eight years, Ann’s paintings have been included in numerous juried shows including American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and Art in Embassies, a division of the U.S. State Department. Ann’s paintings, including “Time for Apple Pie,” were in an exhibit on southern women artists at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain where she also taught workshops. Most recently, one of Ann’s paintings, “Before the Party” was juried into “Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists” at the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, CO.  “Before the Party” also received a Finalist Award in the national Bold Brush competition. Ann’s paintings have been featured in the media including a commercial for the Levine Cancer Center and season three of the Showtime series, “Homeland.”  Duke University Medical Pavilion commissioned Ann to paint a scene for its cancer center. Ann’s art hangs in numerous private collections around the country.

Ann’s professional memberships include Signature status with American Women Artists and the American Impressionist Society. Ann is an associate member of Oil Painters of America.  

Ann believes that her art is a journey and that anything can be made magical by the addition of brush strokes, color, and light!