|Born in the UK, I spent my youth in Nigeria, Australia and for 11 years in Kenya. Later I continued my travels and lived and worked as a midwife in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Finally settled back in the UK with my Lancastrian husband we enjoyed bringing up our family in Lancashire, living by the coast with its big beaches and vast skies. When our youngest child started school, I made a career change and returned to my studies, gaining a B.A. (Hons) Design, specializing in Natural History and Scientific Illustration. I then spent a number of years training as a medical artist, alongside my continuing studies in life drawing. For many years art had been my much loved hobby which I used to help support my favourite wildlife charities; once I completed my studies I set about trying to turn my love of art into a career. Although I work in all areas of fine art…I do love creating artwork of the natural world. As a child I have stood on pristine beaches in Australia with hardly another person in sight. 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. My references are from my own sketches, photography, memories and imagination.Nowadays I work in the Creative Arts as a Fine Artist, Designer and Illustrator, Medical Artist and Writer. I enjoy being able to create art for different reasons. As a figurative and portrait artist I am inspired to create artwork that is realistic and portrays character and emotion. Working as a designer is always an exciting challenge as I help a client visualize and then realize their dream. As an illustrator I often have to work to tight time constraints to meet deadlines. Working as a medical artist requires a thorough understanding of anatomy with good observational drawing skills and the ability to work in different media. My interest in comparative anatomy also enables me to create artwork of animals that is both dynamic and accurate…and helps me understand what I am looking at! Writing is pure joy. I am honoured to be a Full Member of the Writers Guild. As an author and artist I am commissioned to produce articles on a number of different topics to do with the wonderful world of art! I enjoy being a regular contributor (Artist/Writer) to Leisure Painter Magazine and an art demonstrator for The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines.
I enjoy working with Derwent’s products in my own art….and it is great fun to give art demonstrations and teach workshops at the magical Pencil Museum, in the Lake District (UK) each year!
I love sharing my artistic skills and experiences…as I always say, “We are all on this artistic journey together!”.
As a Guest Lecturer for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines I look forward to inspiring others to learn and improve their watercolour skills on each cruise with my ‘A World of Watercolours’ art lessons. Keep a look out for our exciting destinations each year!
Taking part in exhibitions that promote and support wildlife conservation is part of my life as a artist…..and one that is very special to me. A percentage of all my wildlife art sales goes to my favourite wildlife charities. I am proud to be a Founder Member and the first Chair (from June 2009 to Oct 2013) of the Association of Animal Artists. I was thrilled to be awarded Honorary Life Membership on my retirement from the AAA Committee. I now enjoy taking part in as many AAA events and activities as I can! It is a thrill to visit ‘Nature in Art’ each year as Artist in Residence. I love being a Signature Member of Artists For Conservation and was honoured to be chosen as Conservation Artist of Month in December 2013. It was a thrill to be part of the Animal Art Fair in 2011 which was held that year in aid of Tusk Trust. Here is the video which includes a short interview with me!
My studies in anatomy have given me a keen interest in portraiture and figurative art, which has become a speciality that I really enjoy whether working in pencil, charcoal or paint. The portrait here of ‘Mercy’ is oil on canvas and limited edition prints are available.
Having trained with the Medical Artists Education Trust I enjoy working as a medical artist/ illustrator. I am a professional member of the Medical Artists Association, Association Europeenes des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifique (AEIMS) and the Association of Medical Illustrators (USA). As a career it is both challenging and exciting! The history of medical art is fascinating as are the advances in research and techniques of today. Media used ranges from pencil and pen/ink to full watercolour paintings and complex multi-layered digital artwork.
The role of a medical artist requires a multitude of skills, perhaps best described by the Association of Medical Illustrators:
“A medical illustrator is a professional artist with advanced education in both the life sciences and visual communication. Collaborating with scientists, physicians, and other specialists, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that have the potential to communicate to broad audiences.
A medical illustrator is a visual problem solver. Background research, including reading scientific papers, meeting with scientific experts, perhaps observing surgery or a laboratory procedure, is often an integral part of the creative process.
The work of medical illustrators promotes education, research, patient care, public relations, and marketing efforts.”
Above: A medical art project:
Gregory A. Barker
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I enjoy being a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and am honoured to be Chair of the Fine Art Committee. 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 Exhibition which is held during the annual Art and Framing Convention UK.
I am the North West Branch Master of the Guild and enjoy running ‘North West Art’ events with Peter Drought, Branch Treasurer and Eunice Knott (‘The Frame Studio’ – my framer!). You can follow us on Facebook!
Talks/ Art Demonstrations & Art Workshops
Above: BBC Presenter John Gillmore and Anne Corless Artist in Residence at BBC Radio Lancashire in 2011
Anne Corless Equine Art Video!
I first exhibited with Art of Giving in at the Queen Elm Gallery in Chelsea, London in 2009 and have enjoyed being part of it ever since!
“I first approached Anne Corless with regards to a donation for my charity event in aid of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and without hesitation she gave up her time, advice and donated two wonderful paintings. ‘Hope and Mount Kenya’ Anne created especially for us from photo’s provided- Hope being a tiny orphaned Rhino very close to the heart of everyone at Ol Pejeta. What a truly breath-taking job she did – we are all delighted with the finished painting – Anne is a wonderfully talented artist, a true talent and a dedicated conservation supporter who has been so incredibly helpful, supportive and generous to us throughout the planning of our auction.”