ANN ORAM R.S.W.
Born in 1956, Ann studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where she later went on to become a part-time lecturer. She has travelled extensively and lived in Europe before returning to settle on the Scottish boarders. Her experiences of European warmth, light and colour have had a strong influence on her work.
Ann paints in the rich tradition of the Scottish Colourists having been taught by Elizabeth Blackadder and John Houston. She depicts a range of subjects, including still life, gardens, architecture and landscape – using a vibrant palette and contrasting warm and cool tones, often with a daring juxtaposition of complementary colours. Her cascading floral still lifes and busy interiors are full of life and vitality with a strength of design and an innovative experimental approach to mixed media. Although she trained in oils, Ann now mainly works in acrylic and mixed media, often combining different techniques and materials in her work.
Ann became a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters of Watercolour in 1986 and has been awarded many prizes over the years including the May Marshall Brown Award and the William Giles Award. Her work is held in numerous prestigious public and private collections internationally.