NAA Artist Member Ann Gillespie will have a solo exhibition of her new work in the Hills Gallery, 65 Water Street, Newburyport MA. The show "The Secret Life of Trees" will run 7/5 - 7/16. Gallery hours are Tu-Sa 11-5p.m. and Su 1-5p.m. Reception Saturday July 8, 7-9p.m. Free and Open to the public.
The Secret Life of Trees” includes trees painted throughout the year, from a distance, and close up. The magic of the light and air filtering through the trees, and the sacred space that they inhabit, that is her motivation to paint them. She hopes that viewing her paintings will make you feel more connected to nature and the trees around you.
Ann is inspired by the New England landscape and scenes that she sees around her every day.
After a career in graphic design Ann continues with a freelance business where she is able to find time to explore her artwork.
Ann became interested in art in high school shortly after her family moved from New Jersey to Rhode Island. She majored in Studio Arts at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York. After graduation she went on to a career in graphic design and eventually married and started a family. As her children got older she made time for exploring her own artwork again, initially monotype printmaking for its expressive spontaneity. But after taking a pastel class in the summer of 2012 she realized that pastels were more suitable for fitting into her busy life. It was at this time that landscape painting became her main subject. Gillespie’s personal experiences in nature are what motivate her, inspiring her to capture the light and color and uniqueness of time and place. Her monotype background still informs her desire to make the process of creating art an expressive and spontaneous experience.