ANN WHITTALL moved to San Francisco from the East Coast for the light, the vibrance, and the spirit of “can do”--that lives in the very air of California!
She graduated from Barnard College in NYC, and has studied painting and sculpture, and the art of jewelry making, here in the Bay Area. Currently, her interests center on fine art photography.
Ann has shown in each of her chosen media in exhibits at SFWA for many years, and since the gallery’s opening on Sacramento Street her work has been included in their juried shows, receiving numerous Merit Awards. She has also shown in group and solo shows throughout the Bay Area, and her jewelry, paintings and photographs are in collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her jewelry has been sold in retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, and also at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
The subjects of Ann’s photography range from the small and specific, like a piece of fruit, or a flower, to the large or undefined, as in the distant sunset or abstract shadow forms. She is also drawn to the varied aspects of life by the sea, proud sailing ships and scenes of people working or playing, doing the things one does when living one’s life. She also finds delight in the geometry of lines, shapes and juxtapositions.
The artist approaches each day with the same excitement and wonder she knew as a child, when she tried to contain the ocean in a beach bucket--only now she is trying to capture images in her camera as she walks around San Francisco and the various places she visits on travels.
Words from the artist: “I am happy when I feel a photograph of mine has either asked or answered a question, or can be seen as a complete story in itself, eliciting recognition or joy in the viewer.”