What started as a hobby became a full-time job
Ardron, from Peterborough, started painting in her late teens, and is taking part in the event for the third year running.
“I wasn’t someone who painted in school, and I was about 19 before I got going. I took it up simply as a hobby and continued throughout my twenties,” she said.
It was not until a few years of painting had passed that Ann realised she might have something more than a hobby.
“People started saying that I should take it seriously, but I was doing other things until my late 30s. now, however, I am a full-time painter and sell through galleries and events.”
Mostly working in watercolour and acrylics for her large landscape pieces and pastels for smaller portraits, Ann has found her perfect materials to bring her paintings to life.
“I like to focus on rural landscapes and nature, such as trees and reflections on water,” she said.
“I try to recreate the beauty of the landscape and highlight things that you might not always notice.”
Ann believes a bit of patience can draw out the inner artist many of us feel we don’t have.
“People are often put off at school if they are told, or assume, that they can’t paint or draw,” she said.
“It is thought that you either have it or you don’t, but I don’t believe this is the case.
“There are a lot of techniques that you can learn and with practice, you can really progress. With things like art and music, people are less patient and if they can not do it instantly, they give up, which is a shame.”
On the Open Studios event, Ann said: “The great thing about seeing an artist in their own studio is that you get to view a wider range of work than if they were at a gallery or exhibition.
“I really love it, and used to go around myself as a viewer because I enjoyed seeing the artists and their work.
“The best part for a viewer is being able to speak to the artists themselves, as it can really bring a piece of artwork to life.”