Anne Corless works in the creative arts as an artist and illustrator, designer, medical artist and writer. With a love of the natural world Anne’s studio is full of drawings and paintings of people, animals, landscapes and seascapes, created in a variety of media from delicate pencil drawings, charcoal studies and intricate watercolours to vast oil paintings. Born in the UK, Anne spent her youth living around the world; in Nigeria, Australia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and South Africa before settling with Bob, her Lancastrian husband and their young family in Lancashire. Anne writes: “Living overseas for so many years gave me the opportunity to see some truly wonderful sights of the natural world. I have watched herds of elephant crashing through the undergrowth in the magnificent Aberdare Mountains in Kenya and I have sat quietly on a small clifftop in Tsavo National Park whilst a retired park ranger quietly talked about the wildlife at the nearby waterhole. I have stood on pristine beaches in Australia with hardly another person in sight and I have snorkelled in the Red Sea 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.”
With their family all grown up, Anne and Bob now enjoy travelling when possible, such as to the remote Gjesvaerstappen Nature Reserve, an island near the North Cape in Norway, which they visited in 2015, famous for the one million puffins that arrive each year. Anne says: “It was as if thousands of little puffins escorted our small boat as they flew alongside, perilously close to the waves. Anne records these ‘creative’ journeys on her blog; ‘Watercolour Journeys; art travels with Anne Corless” which feature her photography, artwork and writing. “I hope that by creating images of the natural world I may remind people of the importance of protecting it….for all our sakes.”
Keen to help others develop their artistic skills, Anne enjoys sharing her love of exploring art materials and techniques. Over the last few years she has been Artist in Residence at BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside, Derwent’s “magical” Pencil Museum in the Lake District, Nature in Art in Gloucestershire and Patchings Art Festival. She has given a BBC Arts Master Class on portrait painting to an invited audience live on air at BBC Radio Lancashire and has taught art workshops; for Derwent and Leisure Painter/ The Artist magazines. Anne is a Guest Lecturer on the Entertainment Team on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and enjoys teaching watercolour painting on cruises around the world. A keen writer, Anne enjoys writing about the world of fine art; writing as a guest blogger and for Art + Framing Today magazine, Leisure Painter magazine and Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes. With a keen interest in the ‘business side of art’ Anne has given talks for the Fine Art Trade Guild; at the Spring Fair International at the NEC, at Art and Framing Conventions and Making Pictures events. As she always says; “We are all on this artistic journey together!”
Taking part in exhibitions in support of wildlife charities and promoting wildlife conservation is an important part of Anne’s life as an artist. A percentage of all wildlife art sales go to favourite wildlife charities. In 2015 Anne was honoured to be invited to take part in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Charity Art Auction, along with celebrities including the cast of the tv hit program ‘Downton Abbey’. She continues to support Animals Saving Animals. Also in 2015 Anne was filmed painting ‘Cheetah Alert’ at Jacksons Art Supplies over two days and then interviewed for Jackson’s Art Supplies Blog where she was able to talk about her love of wildlife art and promote wildlife charities and conservation. Prints of ‘Cheetah Alert’ have been registered with ArtSure (with the Fine Art Trade Guild) and are now available for sale with part of the proceeds of sales going to charity.
Having recently stood down as Chair of the Fine Art Committee after 5 years in the role, Anne continues to enjoy being on the committee and playing an active part in the Fine Art Trade Guild (UK). Previously Anne was the North West Branch Master of the Guild for 3 years. She is a founder member, former Chair for 4 years and honorary life member of the Association of Animal Artists (UK), a signature member of Artists for Conservation, a professional member of the Association of Illustrators (UK) and the Writers Guild of Great Britain and a professional associate member of the SAA (UK).
Anne also enjoys a career as a Registered Medical Illustrator. With a background in nursing and midwifery (Registered Nurse/ Registered Midwife), a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Design (specialising in scientific and natural history illustration) and a post graduate qualification (MAA) in medical art she works with clients from around the world. Some of her medical artwork is available on licence from Wellcome Images; a medical picture library and the world’s leading source of images on medicine and its history. Anne is a professional member of the Association of Illustrators (UK), the Anatomical Society (UK), the Medical Artists Association (UK) and the Association of Medical Illustrators (USA).