Ann Gillis, Ward, Colorado 

Ann's Indian Peaks Gallery


 

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Ann Gillis - Artist Statement

Golden Aspens, the rushing waters of James Creek, and herds of elk grazing in the Rocky Mountains inspire me to paint.  As a small child my inspiration was my horse named Red Man – I painted horses!  When I was thirteen, my mother took me to painting classes and my horizons expanded. 

My mother Jane Calvert Guynn was also an accomplished artist who painted landscapes and still life in an impressionist style.  She was a major influence in my life and on my work, as was my Grandmother, Vina Calvert, who I visited each summer in Denver and who first took me to the mountains and Estes Park.

I began my career in Engineering at Virginia Tech, later took art/computer classes at C.U. in Boulder, and design classes at University of Illinois at Carbondale where Buckminster Fuller chaired the Design Department. 

When I moved to Colorado, I built a house in the Indian Peaks area and began to focus on painting the spectacular Western scenery that surrounds me.  I see paintings in the beauty of nature.  I see paintings in everything I see around me.   

            Many of my oils are landscapes of the Indian Peaks/Rocky Mountain National Park.  I enjoy capturing the colors of the seasons and the spectacular views from my studio that overlooks the Continental Divide.  I often paint on site (plein air) and include local wildlife, especially elk, in my work.  In the winter, I paint from visions captured in photographs of scenes taken earlier in the year.

            I enjoy painting with other artists and paint with artist groups in both Nederland and Estes Park.  My work has been shown at Open Studios in Boulder, at the Palette Gallery in Nederland, and the Arts Council Show in Estes Park.  My work can also be seen at my Annual Open Studio held outside of Ward, Colorado each fall and at my on-line gallery, Ann’s Indian Peaks Gallery at annindianpeaks.googlepages.com.