Artist and associate member Ann Hackett is giving a demonstration this Saturday showcasing her love of horticulture… so if you want to learn more about mixed media or depicting plants in your own artworks, our free demo could be just the thing!
Ann spoke to ART BLOG about her influences…
Can you tell us how horticulture came to play such a major role in your art?
As a small child nature was important, and my interest developed later in life to creating an artistic garden and into teaching. This led me to opening my garden to others for 25 years. My greatest love was to teach garden design at Winterbourne for ten years, thereby using my garden for teaching purposes. This is now reflected in my art.
You work in watercolour, inks, collage – how does each lend a different perspective on natural forms?
Watercolour adds transparency to the delicate petals of the flower. Inks add a vibrancy reflected in the flower from sunlight and the elements. Collage creates the effect of 3D in the form of texture, movement and depth.
How does working in mixed media free you up as an artist?
It allows me freedom of expression to depict the character of the individual subject.
What would you say to beginner artists?
Draw constantly, understand your subject, and develop the ‘seeing eye’. Experiment with your chosen media to understand its capabilities and push boundaries.
Saturdays at the RBSA…
Did you know that the RBSA often holds free artist demonstrations on Saturdays? For the full line-up of forthcoming events see our website. You can drop in from 11am until 4pm to see an artist in action.
Ann is a successful artist working mainly in flower painting, but as a tutor of art covers a range of subjects. She works in ink and watercolour, but chooses the medium to suit the subject. Ann began her career studying at the Walsall College of Art and is a tutor of Drawing, Painting and Creative Arts. She also teaches Garden Design at the School of Continuing Studies at Birmingham University. Ann joined the RBSA as a Friend in 2006, and was elected to Associate in 2015. She is also an elected member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society, Birmingham Art Circle and the Walsall Society of Artists. She exhibits regularly at the RBSA, including Open and Prize events. She has also exhibited at the Three Counties Open at Keele University; the Newcastle Open; Weston Park; and a chateau in Paris, France.