Ann Welch divides her time between Vatoussa, Lesvos and a small village in England. She first came to Vatoussa almost thirty years ago, and despite her British background and otherwise wide travels she considers herself a local artist, an artist especially attracted to local subjects of Lesvos in general and of Vatoussa and its environs in particular. One large strain of her work, most evident in her watercolors and certain oils, shows a preference for natural settings and subjects which life in a village such as Vatoussa provides, not only in the unspoiled beauty of the local landscape, but also in the spirit of Vatoussan life itself. The people of Vatoussa never fail to identify the familiar scenes and live models from her paintings, but visitors to Lesvos and others abroad also appear to appreciate the way her work captures the character and attractions of village life.
Ann was born in Manchester, England in 1947. He education in art includes study at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in New York, Kingston School of Art, and The School of Sacred Art at New York University. She also studied fresco at Accademia Caerite in Rome. She studied iconography with Kostas Skordelis, Vladislav Andreyev, and Father Dimitri Economou, Byzantine art techniques with Barbara Meise, and watercolor with several distinguished teachers, including Frank Webb. She studied oil painting with Nick Tidnam and Nicholas Buhalis, and her work owes much to Buhalis, but no artist could acquire such versatility across so many media without a strong autodidactic streak.
Ann is known for her versatility, evident in her range of media, from watercolors to wall-size frescoes, from still lifes and landscapes in oil to commissioned icons. Along with her iconographic works in various churches in England, she has a permanent exhibit at the Gogos Museum of Vatoussa, Lesvos, and shows regularly at a number of galleries and shops in Greece and in Europe. In England, she shows at Dovedale Studios in Faversham, at Nevill Gallery in Canterbury, and at Francis Iles Gallery in Rochester.
Ann is a member of the British Association of Iconographers, having done the dedicastion icon in Rochester Cathedral and an icon in the Church of St. Peter at Oare, England. The Ecclesiastical Museum in the church precinct here in Vatoussa contains an icon which was her gift to the local church,
and she has an icon-in-progress, a true fresco of the Dormition, which will be above the portal to the church grounds. This is believed to be the first true fresco attempted on the island for centuries, and almost
certainly the first by a women.
HCS readers are encouraged to visit the artist's