Ann Pickett is an award winning abstract painter based in McLean, Virginia. With a 25+ year career in graphic design, Ann began painting abstracts in 2005, exhibiting soon after. Her work has been included in shows throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and into private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. Most recently, Ann has been featured in Elan Magazine in March of 2018, and was selected to exhibit her work in an upcoming solo show at the Alexandria Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, opening in March of 2019.
Ann also paints and shows collaboratively with fellow Foundry artist, Charlene Nield. Their most recent collaborative show à deux, was reviewed by Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post, in which he describes their subjects as possessing “a playful immediacy that owes as much to gesture as to recognizable image.”
Ann Pickett's work can be found regularly at Foundry Gallery and Capitol Hill Workshop in Washington, DC and Alexandria Art League’s Gallery 75.
I paint, simply, because I love to paint.
I start with the familiar, inspired by figure, still life, or landscape but work spontaneously, moving where the paint takes me. I work in the abstract because of the freedom it entails, the many endless possibilities. Realism is never my focus, rather a suggestion.
Painting in acrylic my work consists of layers of paint, mark making, and sometimes collage all applied by hand, brush or with a variety of tools and mediums: caran d’ache, charcoal, graphite. Vibrant color, strong composition, and bold, black elegant or gestural line are at the core of each piece.