Ann was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and educated at the University of Oklahoma, with a degree in Interior Design. She moved to San Diego in 1984, where she lives today with her husband and three children. While her artistic impression was constant throughout her life, her recent foray into the art world was developed over the past 15 years working as a volunteer art teacher for school children at the elementary level. During this time she also worked as the prop, costume and backdrop designer for the elementary school’s performances and directed the art and talent shows for many years. Now coming full circle, Ann is once again involved in instructing new and aspiring artists on her painting methods.    
In her commitment to being a green artist, Ann is able to create unique paintings by using recycled materials, finding items of interest in her environment, and using every drop of paint to add dimension to her paintings.

Shows:
Ashton Gallery, San Diego – 3rd Times a Charm – First Place Winner
Ashton Gallery, San Diego – Rendezvous With Red 2017
LeftBank Art – Everything New Everything Now – New York 2017
LeftBank Art – Las Vegas Design Show – Featured Artist 2017
Ashton Gallery, San Diego – Mentored Artists Show 2017
Beverly Hills Art Show 2016
Art Walk Little Italy 2016
Ashton Gallery – Edgar Allan Poe National Show 2016
Ashton Gallery – The Sunny Side of the Street 2016
Beverly Hills Art Show 2015
Art Walk Little Italy 2015
MOLA – Ray Street Artist Exhibit
Art Walk Little Italy 2014
Art Walk Liberty Station 2014
Friends of the Gulf, San Diego, CA
The San Diego Art Depart, San Diego, CA– Shades of Red Exhibit
Art Walk Little Italy 2012
Art Walk on the Bay 2012
Art Walk Little Italy 2013
MOLA International Show, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
San Diego Art Dept., North Park, San Diego, CA – Ray Street Artist Book Launch
The San Diego Art Depart, North Park, San Diego, CA– Student Exhibit
Ray at Night, North Park, San Diego, CA
Art for a Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness, Carlsbad, CA

Awards:
Ann was awarded the Del Cerro Auction Council’s Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to the arts and bringing her love of art to the children and the community. Ann received top honors at the San Diego Art Dept.’s 2012 Student Art Exhibit, her painting Left-Handed Guardian was awarded first place in the painting category as well as Best in Show. Left-Handed Guardian was also selected to MOLA’s 2013 International Exhibit. In 2017 Ann was awarded first place at Ashton Gallery for her painting In Living Color.

Publications:
Ray Street Artist – Art Book
Studio Visit Volume 21
Ashton Gallery – 30 Artists on 30th
Ashton Gallery – Edgar Allan Poe National Show

Member:
Kate Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th, San Diego, CA