Ann did not take up painting until after retirement. With an MA in General Arts from St Andrews University, she initially worked for the British Council in Finland and then as scriptwriter for the BBC Overseas Service, ending up as producer of Children’s Hour, before getting married and going to live on the plantations of North India.
She has written for, and edited, a number of small magazines and newspapers, as well as having written 8 books on varying subjects from counselling and self-help to autobiography. After training as a counsellor, she has also written a number of books such as Free to be Myself, and The Confessions of Annabel Brown aged 59 and 3/4 - a humorous look at reaching a certain age. More recently she has written a memoir about her own childhood called “No Place to Belong” after she was orphaned at seven. (“There is a little touch of magic about Ann's story, not just the magic of amazingly fluent and gripping prose, but the magic of love.”)
Ann is a self-taught artist who has travelled all her life, absorbing interest and colour from her surroundings in Finland, India and Papua New Guinea. What inspires her most is light and colour and the incredible beauty of nature all around us so the colours she uses have to be bright and strong.
She has often exhibited in the Guildford area where she used to live, and for a number of years, in Art Weeks, here in Oxford