Welcome to the website of Anne Corless; artist, designer and illustrator, specialist medical and bio-sciences artist/ illustrator and writer.
Born in the UK, Anne spent her youth in Nigeria, Australia and for 11 years in Kenya. Later she continued her travels and lived and worked as a midwife in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Settled back in the UK with her Lancastrian husband they enjoyed bringing up their family in Lancashire, living by the coast with its big beaches and vast skies. When their youngest child started school, Anne made a career change and returned to her studies, gaining a B.A. (Hons) Design, specializing in Natural History and Scientific Illustration. She then spent a number of years training as a medical artist, alongside continuing studies in life drawing. For many years art had been a much loved hobby which she used to help support her favourite wildlife charities; once she completed her studies Anne set about trying to turn her love of art into a career.
Anne enjoys working in different areas of the creative arts. As a medical artist/ illustrator working on specialist bio-science projects requiring precision and detail, Anne uses pencils, pen and ink, watercolours and computer graphics. As a fine artist she enjoys the freedom and challenge of working with a variety of media as she strives to create artwork with dynamism and narrative. As she often says; “If I look across the studio and think the subject (of the painting) is about to come to life, then something is beginning to work!”
Based in the UK, Anne is a Professional Member of the Medical Artists’ Association (UK) and a Registered Medical Illustration Practitioner. She is a Professional Member of the Anatomical Society (UK), Assocation Europeenes des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques, the Association of Medical Illustrators (USA) and The Royal College of Midwives. She belongs to the Portrait Society of America and The Cecilia Beaux Forum (USA).
Anne’s medical illustrations feature on Wellcome Images (UK) and in the Medical Illustration Source Book (USA). Anne’s Illustration work can be seen on the Association of Illustrators (UK) and Directory of Illustration (USA).
Anne’s studies in anatomy have given her a keen interest in portraiture and figurative art, which has become a speciality; working in pencil, charcoal, watercolours and oils. The portrait seen here of ‘Mercy’ (nearly life size) is oil on canvas.
Creating artwork of the natural world is something Anne is continually inspired to do and probably has something to do with her ‘life of travel’ in her youth.
Anne says; “As a child I have stood on pristine beaches in Australia with no one else in site. In Kenya I have watched elephants crashing through the undergrowth in the magnificent Aberdare National Park. I have snorkelled in the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, over a coral reef of magical shapes and colours with a drop into the ocean so deep and sudden at its edge that I was afraid to swim over it. It is all magnificent and all so fragile. I hope that by creating images of the natural world I may remind people of the importance of protecting it…..for all our sakes.”
As a writer Anne strives to describe the working practice of her art to share with others. Anne is a Full Member of the Writers Guild and a regular contributor (Artist/Writer) to Leisure Painter Magazine and an art demonstrator for The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines.
As a Guest Lecturer for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Anne joined guests this year on the Boudicca, teaching art workshops as they travelled to the Arctic Circle to see the midnight sun! Workshops were held whist at sea (non port days) and guests enjoyed working in watercolour and honing their artistic skills. An exhibition held at the end of the cruise was enjoyed by all.
Art workshops are suitable for both amateur and professional artists wishing to improve their skills…or just joining in for fun. Join Anne on a cruise in 2016; dates and destinations to be announced soon!
Anne is honoured to be an Ambassador for Derwent Pencils and loves visiting the “magical” Pencil Museum in the Lake District (UK) each year to give free demonstrations and to teach an art workshop on watercolour media.
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Above: Anne, in the studio, with ‘Cheetah on the run’. This oil painting (now framed) is for sale at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Gallery, in support of wildlife conservation.
Anne’s artwork is available for sale (including ‘Cheetah on the run’ limited edition prints) in the Art Studio Shop and in selected galleries (if you wish to view the artwork). All Anne’s Limited Edition Prints are produced to the Fine Art Trade Guild’s ArtSure standards.
Tel: 01253 780734
To read about Anne Corless in the Creative Arts:
Wildlife Artist & Conservationist
Anne is proud to be a Founder Member and Inaugural Chair (from June 2009 to Oct 2013) of the Association of Animal Artists. Anne presents the Inaugural Chairman’s Award to an AAA artist each year. The Award is also kindly sponsored by Dr Sally Bulgin, Publisher of The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines and by Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes.
Anne is honoured to be a Supporting Artist of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and sells original artwork and limited edition prints in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Gallery; using her artwork to help support wildlife conservation.
She was honoured to be invited to take part in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Charity Art Auction in 2014 and continues to support White Paw Professional Dog Training; ‘Training animals to save animals’, which trains dogs in Africa in the fight against wildlife poaching.
Anne is also a Signature Member of Artists For Conservation and is a past winner of a Conservation Artist of Month Award. As part of her commitment to art of the natural world, Anne enjoys visiting ‘Nature in Art’ as Artist in Residence, where she can share her creative practice with others and enjoy talking about wildlife conservation.
In April 2015 Anne was filmed creating a watercolour painting at Jacksons Art Supplies using Jacksons Watercolour paints. The subject of the artwork was a cheetah that she followed in Kenya. Working with one of her prints and a sketch for reference material, Anne very much had to rely on experience, memory and imagination to complete the piece.
Fine Art Trade Guild
Anne is honoured to be a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and is Chair of the Fine Art Committee.
Anne says “As a team we work to support the Guild’s artist members. The Fine Art Committee is fully involved in supporting Guild staff in the organisation of the prestigious Guild Artists Exhibitions which is held during the annual Art and Framing Convention UK.”
Anne is a previous Branch Master (North West) of the Guild. Anne’s Limited Edition Prints are produced to ArtSure standards.
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