Ann Gargotto cannot remember a time in her life when she was not involved at some level in art. As a young girl she was deeply influenced by her godmother, a very successful Chicago artist with whom she’d watch paint for hours and accompany to the Art Institute of Chicago to view all the famous shows throughout her youth.
Her first formal training was studying at the now defunct Sausalito Arts Center with California artist Edie Davis, experimenting with large canvases and abstract expression. Throughout college and her adult life, Ann has pursued her passion for art as well as having a successful marketing and advertising career. She has been painting steadily since 2000, recently completing year-long classes with influential teachers Kevin Weckbach, Andrea Kemp and Ron Hicks and workshops with Quang Ho, Kim English, Michael Workman and Michelle Torrez.
“I strive for work that is clear in sound visual principles as first taught to me by Quang Ho. I find myself attracted to strong compositions and beautiful subject matter, whether that be a flower arrangement, still life, the figure or compelling street scene. I see art as a commitment to mastering the fundamentals and find endless joy in the artistic journey of self-expression.”
- Named “Artist To Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine, February 2011
- Represented by Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2010 – Present
- Oil Painters of America Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2014
- Oil Painters of American Annual Western Juried Exhibition, 2012 & 2015
- Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, 2013
- Denver Plein Air Arts Festival 2010 – Honorable Mention
- Denver Plein Air Arts Festival 2011 – Southwest Art Magazine Award, Meininger Award and Honorable Mention
- Abend Miniature Shows 2009 – Present
- Abend All Gallery Shows 2010 – Present
- Selected by Denver Art Museum’s Friends of Painting and Sculpture for Annual Benefit Auction 2016
- Invited and donated to many local fund-raising activities over the years, including Children’s Hospital, Cancer League of Denver and Art For Life
- “Windows To The Divine” Artist 2016
Personal Statement (how my work interprets the theme, “Impressions, Markings & More)
My painting evolved directly from the overwhelming desire to take something of beauty that I am moved by and translate that beauty into an experience for the viewer that hopefully moves them in some way. Representational but abstracted with either color, texture, line or edges – this is where the two find common ground and this is where the soul of the painting lies.
I hope I am successful in translating my love for the beauty of this subject into a genuinely good painting, then I feel as if I have honored this sacred calling to paint.