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Ann Arnold was born in San Francisco in 1952 and has spent all but two years
of her life in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of
California at Santa Cruz, where she studied etching, drawing and the history
of art. She gave up etching for want of equipment when she left the
university and began to paint still life, first in gouache on paper and then
in oil on walnut panels.
Her technique in oil is a natural development from her work in gouache.
Although partly the result of trial and error, it has come to approximate
the style used in earlier centuries (and not much taught today), in which
oils were viewed as something of a transparent medium to be worked up in
layers from below, rather than left as the single layer of underpaint that
is now a socially acceptable form of artistic undress.
The subject matter for her still life paintings is drawn from her own
possessions, a small collection of eighteenth century pottery and porcelain,
and an accumulation of baskets. Most of her earlier paintings of fruits and
vegetables had to be drawn from models found in her own or neighboring
gardens, but now the farmers' markets supply an abundance of picturesque
specimens. A few years ago she planted an orchard of old fruit varieties in
a neighboring churchyard in hopes of an even more various harvest.
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