Oil Paintings in the Impressionist Tradition

Ann Gores

Artist's Biography

I was born in Chicago into a family surrounded by art and architecture. My father, an architect, would frequently take me to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the Impressionist paintings and special exhibitions. My love of art was nurtured at St.Marys College, Notre Dame, Indiana as an Art major and continued to grow as an elementary school art teacher after graduation. It wasn't until after moving to Seattle that I discovered the Russian Impressionist style of painting of Sergei Bongart and his proteges. For many years I sought the instruction of those proficient in this style of painting. Fueled by their knowledge and expertise, my passion for painting continues to grow to this day.

I was fortunate to find a group of artists in Seattle that were trained in the Russian Impressionistic style of oil painting. For many years, I studied with Ron Lukas, Del Gish, Ovanes Berberian and Bill Reese. I painted mostly still lifes and figures/portraits. Then I discovered the joys and challenges of plein air painting. Traveling with my pochade box, I have been to many beautiful places here and abroad finding plenty of inspiration. A trip to Provence, France and Giverny to paint in Monet's garden fulfilled a lifelong dream. Another trip to Europe produced some wonderful plein air paintings of Italy, Greece and Switzerland. I show and sell my work from my studio in Seattle,WA. My paintings are enjoyed by collectors from all over the USA, including Dale Chihuly.


Ann Gores painting in the Grand Canyon

Ann painting in the Grand Canyon along the Colorado River - May, 2013

Ann Gores painting along the Colorado River

"REVERIES To The SUN & The MOON"

June 6 - August 2, 2014
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, June, 2014.

Ann Gores's enchanted eye views the world with an extravagant indulgence as her palette luxuriously connects with nature. Influenced by her love of nature and the powerful dynamics of the terrestrial realm, this Washington-state artist has an eternal rendezvous with the natural kingdom as she seeks to capture the beauty and mystery of the floral world. Ms. Gores's latest collections represent the pinnacle of her art as this series highlights her genius as a colorist and as a master of texture.

Inspired by Monet's declaration, "My eyes were finally opened and I understood nature. I learned at the same time to love it," Ann Gores's enchanted eye views the world with an extravagant indulgence as her palette luxuriously connects with nature. Influenced by her love of nature and the powerful dynamics of the terrestrial realm, this Washington-state artist has an eternal rendezvous with the natural kingdom as she seeks to capture the beauty and mystery of the floral world. Ms. Gores' latest collections represents the pinnacle of her art as this series highlights her genius as a colorist and as a master of texture.

Bathed in luminescent light, her mesmerizing floral oeuvre seeks to appreciate the ethereal nuances of our environment and in a single moment she freezes the lush beauty of nature. A virtuoso colorist who harmoniously employs the full spectrum of the color palette, Ann Gores's insatiable curiosity for color allows her paintings to sensitively reveal a remarkably adept portrayal of the floral kingdom. Her signature luminous palette of vibrantly orchestrated blocks of color defines her works, while lightly feathered textures intimately translate the glory and jubilant majesty of nature. It is not the tangible qualities of the floral realm that are highlighted in her paintings; it is the softly washed memories of a place. Therefore this technique allows her to seize and translate onto the canvas ephemeral moments as she invites us to inhale the beauty of the terrestrial kingdom and exhale its joy. Also renowned for her still life and landscape paintings, Ann Gores sustains a romantic and triumphant relationship with nature.

Catapulted into a meaningful position in the contemporary art world, Ann Gores has cultivated a strong reputation in the international as well as the national art arena. Her artwork is treasured in prestigious public and private collections throughout Europe as well as the United States and is an affirmation of her continually expanding reputation as one of the true classic painters.