Originally hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Ann Etheridge has made NC her home since 1985, residing in Morehead City with her husband and rescue dog, Zeta the past five years.
“Coastal living and boating inspires my work from my color choices to spontaneous drawing of lines, shapes, raw splattering and dripping of paint. Living by the sea inﬂuences the energy of my work like the volatility of coastal weather. Calm serene days are reﬂected in muted blended paintings and the strong winds and rough seas generate heavy charcoal marks, bold quick paint strokes, and layers of heavy texture.
“I am best known for my large expressive paintings, using big gestures, bold strokes and experimenting with mixed media. My abstract paintings begin with free ﬂowing energy through broad marks and text using graphite, charcoal and oil sticks. My process includes layering acrylic paint, experimenting with marks, texture and color, taking risks and ﬁnding my way to unpredictable ﬁnishes.
“I paint the energy I experience in my body, staying present, seeking the deepest truth, allowing authentic expression to ﬂow through me, onto the canvas. It’s a healing dance, connecting my aliveness with letting my true self have a voice. l love the process of creating with no idea how the painting will unfold.”
In addition to her studio practice, Ann enjoys teaching abstract painting and collage workshops. She is a member of the Arts Council of Carteret County, and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Her work has been featured in North Carolina at the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, Village Art Gallery in Oriental, Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce, Durham Art Guild, Wake County Visual Art Exchange, the Fine Arts League of Cary, and Maddie King Gallery in Beaufort.