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Anne Corless

Born in the UK, as a young child Anne travelled overseas with her parents and was brought up in Nigeria, Australia and Kenya where she lived for eleven years.  After qualifying in the UK as a Registered Nurse and later as a Registered Midwife, Anne then worked in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. She met her Lancastrian husband Bob in Johannesburg.  When their first child was born they returned to the UK, unwilling to raise a family in a country which at that time still adhered to the policy of apartheid.

Throughout all these years art was a much loved hobby and Anne enjoyed a constant source of reference material wherever she went, taking photos and making sketches.  However, Anne always dreamt of finding a way to develop her skills as an artist and so, when their youngest child started school, Anne returned to her studies and gained a B.A. (Hons) in Design (Natural History and Scientific Illustration).  She then went on to study part time on a post graduate diploma in Medical Art, qualifying in November 2008.

Anne now works in the visual arts; as a Fine Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Medical Artist and Writer.

As a Fine Artist Anne works on commission and towards exhibitions, both solo and group and her work is available at a number of Galleries around the country.  Anne says:

“Portrait art and figurative art are a speciality.  Landscape painting offers a myriad of technical challenges that I love but animal art is a real passion.  I am constantly inspired to try to create artwork that has a narrative, whether real or imaged.  As I always say; if I look across the studio and get the feeling that part of painting could come to life, then it is beginning to work!”

In her work as a designer, illustrator and medical artist Anne enjoys being commissioned on a wide variety of subjects ranging from children’s book and logos to specialist biomedical, veterinary and scientific images.

Anne is also a contributing writer for Leisure Painter Magazine and enjoys working on her (as yet!) unpublished novel (a political thriller) and on a number of children’s books.

A recent new direction is teaching; after many requests Anne has started to teach adult education art classes one day a week (term time) and on some holiday courses.

A Founder Member, Trustee and Chairman of the Association of Animal Artists, Anne enjoys working with fellow artists to promote animal art, to help artists develop their skills, find exhibition opportunities and support animal charities.  She regularly attends AAA Art Rendezvous days where she demonstrates her artwork to the public.  Anne also runs the AAA ‘En plein air’ group.

With a background in healthcare and having spent years travelling, sometimes to quite remote places, when Anne came across the charity Feet First Worldwide she resolved to use her artwork to offer support.  She was thrilled when Art of Giving agreed to accept Feet First Worldwide as one of their nominated charities.

 About Art of Giving, Anne writes:

 “Art of Giving has given me the opportunity to really focus on my artwork, to create the best images I can…so that in some small way I can help support charities who do so much to help others; human and animal, around the world.’

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