Oil painter Ann Jenkins’ primary subject is the landscape of Northern Minnesota. “I have tried to avoid the realistic, literal image in favor of a somewhat abstracted presentation of particular locations which hopefully resonate subtlety with the experiences and memory of the viewer,” Ann states. “Most of my work relies on the dialog of color, which is finally an emotional response to, and vision of the world around me . . . Though the painting has become more abstract it does not become pure abstraction. I believe that the tie to the physical world is imperative because it is the natural world from which all vision originates and which sustains us as human beings and as artists.”
Ann grew up in Duluth, MN. She received a BFA in painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a graduate degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University. She has done fieldwork at Frick Art Reference Library in New York, attended the University of Oslo International Summer School, and studied with landscape painter Wolf Kahn at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts as well as with Eric Aho at the Great River Arts Institute in Walpole, NH. Her paintings have been exhibited at a number of galleries and museums in Minnesota, Canada, and Sweden. In addition, her work has been featured on the covers of several publications, including Shennandoah and Great River Review literary magazines and The Women’s Great Lakes Reader. Ann lives and works in Duluth.