Having worked most of my life as a senior secretary in various commercial and public sector positions, it was through pressure of painting commissions that I became a full-time artist in 1996 and that was when I really learned to paint. I have always had a natural ability to draw and to copy accurately, but at that time I joined an art class in Sheffield, having just moved there from Leeds.
From there I met artists who belonged to a local art group, where I really began to learn the craft of painting. I did undertake a short course in watercolour painting with a very good local watercolour artist, whose encouragement got me over the "fear" of painting, and from then on I have continued to develop my own style of painting and my discovery of different painting media.
Anne Barron - Biography
My partner and I moved to Shetland in 2007, something we'd been considering for a number of years since my first visit, and we couldn't be happier with our change of circumstance. We now live in a beautiful part of the world where we have our dream cottage by the sea and I can paint in my conservatory with a view of the Atlantic as well as a valley full of seabirds, sheep and Shetland ponies. It was, therefore, a great honour to be commissioned a few years ago to paint the prizes for the Shetland Pony Breeders Society Show held in Shetland for the first time in 10 years. The show itself was a great success and I was delighted that my paintings were very well received by visitors, the Society and the winners as well, and have already gone out to all parts of the UK, Denmark, Finland, Holland and even Australia. The limited edition run of giclee prints of these images is now available to order from the website and the images and ordering procedure are on the pets page.
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My aim in finishing a portrait is to create a likeness and then go on to breathe life into the painting. This is done by combining a talent for copying accurately from photographs whilst at the same time adding an element that no camera can capture - passion for the subject and a love for the process of interpreting what I can see onto the paper or canvas. My experience of studying animals Ýparticularly my own cats and dogsß shows in my work according to the people who come back to me time after time for repeat commissions.
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Also, please note that my interest in animal welfare and conservation has prompted me to pledge a small donation from any originals or prints sold, which will go to an animal charity appropriate to the image, such as the RSPB, RSPCA, The Brooke Ýhelping donkeys all over the worldß, Compassion in World Farming, The David Shepherd Foundation Ýhelping wildlife all over the worldß, The Marine Conservation Society, The Cat's Protection, The Dog's Trust or a suitable local animal or international wildlife charity - you can state a preference when you make a purchase and I will try to send my donation to your preferred charity. A favourite of mine locally is the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary who take in and rehabilitate marine animals and birds and work purely from donations and their own personal income.