Artists for Conservation Foundation - Signature Member - Supporting Nature Through Art

Member of Medical Artists Association (UK)
Member Association of Medical Illustrators (USA)

Member of Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques

Member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals (USA)
Member of Portrait Society of America
Member of the Cecilia Beaux Forum

Bio & CV

Anne Corless

Fine Artist  .  Designer  .  Digital Artist  .  Illustrator  .  Medical Artist  .  Writer 

Anne Corless works in the Creative Arts as a Fine Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Medical Artist and Writer.  As a fine artist she works with different media and is equally happy to work on a small delicate watercolour as she is to tackle a large five foot wide oil painting!  British born Anne says the inspiration for her artwork comes from a ‘life of travel’, having been brought up in Nigeria, Australia and Kenya (11 years) and worked as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Saudi Arabia and South Africa.  Back in the UK, when her youngest child started school Anne followed a long held dream and made a career change.  She returned to her studies, gaining an Honours Degree in Design, specializing in Natural History and Scientific Illustration, before going on to qualify as a Medical Artist.  Anne says: “My work as a medical / veterinary artist helps inform my work as a Fine Artist as it requires a thorough understanding of human 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!”

Anne enjoys working towards exhibitions and on commission, as well as continuing to give support to charities.

Anne works in many different genres of art: She says: “Portrait art and figurative art are a speciality.  Landscape painting and botanical art offer a myriad of technical challenges that I love and animal art is a real passion.  I am constantly inspired to try to create artwork that has a narrative, whether real or imaged.  As I always say; if I look across the studio and get the feeling that part of painting could come to life, then it is beginning to work!”

With a strong belief that it is important to be part of professional organisations, Anne is honoured to belong to the following.  Anne is Chair of the Fine Art Committee and North West Branch Master of the Fine Art Trade Guild.  She is honoured to be a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and was honoured to be AFC’s ‘Artist of the month’ in December 2013:

Anne is a Founder Member, former Chair for four years and Honorary Life Member of the Association of Animal Artists.  She is a member of the Association of Illustrators (UK), Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques, the Medical Artists Association (UK), the Association of Medical Illustrators (USA) and the Writers Guild of Great Britain as well as being a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Cecelia Beaux Forum.  She is a Professional Associate Member of the Society For All Artists.

Anne Corless, RN, RM, B.A. (Hons) Design, MMAA, RMIP, AFC


To read about Anne’s work in the Creative Arts please visit:


  • Post Graduate Diploma Medical Art; Awarded Professional Membership Medical Artists Association, Registered Medical Illustration Practitioner.
  • B.A. (Hons) Design, specialising in Natural History and Scientific Illustration.
  • Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Award Life Drawing.
  • OCNW Level 2 Award Life Drawing.
  • Registered Midwife.
  • Registered Nurse.


Professional Memberships:



 Solo Exhibitions:


Selected / Invitational Exhibitions and Auction events:

  • SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, USA in the See.Me booth as part of their digital showcase, Dec 2013.
  • ‘Artists for Conservation’ Annual Exhibition 2013, Canada and in the Artists for Conservation 2013 hardcover book, Sept 2013.
  • ‘Guild Artist’s Exhibition’ at the Fine Art Trade Guild’s Art and Framing Convention, Harrogate.  May 2013. 
  • Lytham St Anne’s Art Society Spring Exhibition 2013 at The Fylde Gallery, Lytham, Lancashire. May 2013.
  • ‘Art in the City’ Liverpool, in aid of The Prince’s Trust – with Wall to Wall Gallery and the Metquarter.  Artwork donated for charity auction with all proceeds to the charity. Feb 2013.
  • ‘The Ark’ exhibition, Lytham Heritage Centre, Lancashire, Sept 2012.
  • ‘Art in the Park 2012′, Lytham Hall, Lancashire. June 2012.
  • ‘Meet, Learn, Celebrate’; Fine Art Trade Guild’s Art and Framing Convention, London. May 2012.
  • Lytham St Annes Art Society Spring Exhibition, ‘The Fylde Gallery’, Lancashire. 4th to 20th May 2012.
  • Animal Art Fair 2011, Fulham Palace, London…in aid of Tusk Trust. May 2011.
  • ‘Art in the Park 2011′, Lytham Hall, Lancashire. June 2011.
  • ‘Animal’ Art Exhibition at Browsholme Hall, Lancashire. Oct / Nov 2010.
  • Association of Animal Artists; Woodlands Gallery, Ansdell, Lancashire. Feb 2012.
  • Art of Giving Exhibition, Queens Elm Gallery, Chelsea, London in aid of Born Free Foundation and George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust. Oct 2009. 
  • Donated watercolour painting of 1984 Grand National Winner ‘Hallo Dandy’ to Carrie Humble Founder and Director of  Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Lancashire, UK in 2008.
  • Graham Budd Auctions in Association with Sotherby’s, New Bond Street, London. 2006.
  • Joint Fine Art Exhibition; Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire. 1999.
  • Supported the Cheetah Conservation Fund by making a large oil paintings available for auction at the Charity’s Grand Champagne Ball with all funds going to the charity.  The painting was donated to the CCF in 2000…and finally auctioned in 2008 (having been missing for 8 years!)  All proceeds went to the charity.
  • Donated three large oil paintings and two watercolour paintings of African wildlife to the Born Free Foundation, which along with other artists’ donated work, raised a total of over £10,000 at the charity’s Annual Ball in 1999.

 Group Exhibitions:


Magazines (Writer/ Artist/ Art Demonstrator):

  • October 2014: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (November issue).
  • November 2012: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (November issue). Topic: ‘Still life’ (botanical oil painting)’.
  • October 2012: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine  (October issue). Topic: ‘Still life’ (botanical preparatory sketches in watercolour & oil).
  • May 2012: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (May issue). Topic: ‘Painting  a still life in watercolour’ (botanical – vegetables).
  • 2011 October: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (Oct issue). Topic: ‘How to draw horses’.
  • 2011 August: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (E Newsletter). Topic: ‘How to find (and keep) inspiration for your artwork’.
  •  August 2011: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (Summer issue). Topic: ‘How to draw and paint animals’.
  •  Summer 2011: Artist & Author: Leisure Painter Magazine (Summer issue). Topic: ‘A report on Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils’. 



  • As previous Chair of Association of Animal Artists took part in two videos of AAA Summer Art Exhibition 2013, filmed by the Society For All Artists.
  • My video ‘How to draw and paint horses’ featured on Horse and Country TV in the UK and Ireland (Sky Channel 280) and in the Netherlands (via cable) from September 2012 and on H&C’s website and H&C YouTube channel from July 2012.
  •  Filmed as part of Animal Art Fair 2011  promotional video.  This video can be seen on the Home page of this website. 


Guest Speaker, Art Demonstrations & Art Workshops:

  • 24th, 25th & 26th June 2014: Artist in ResidenceCumberland Pencil Museum. Demonstrations on 24/25 and workshop on 26th June: ‘Animals of the wild in watercolour mediums’
  • 8th November 2013: Guest Speaker; Making Pictures Manchester 2013. At the invitation of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Topic: ‘Best practice in fine art (including PR and marketing).
  • 18th, 19th & 20th June 2013: Artist in Residence; Cumberland Pencil Museum. Demonstrations on 18/19 and workshop on 20th June: ’Botanical Illustration using watercolour mediums’.
  • 6th to 9th June 2013: Professional Artist Demonstrator: Patchings Art Festival 2013. Nottinghamshire. At the invitation of Derwent Pencils. 
  • 2013 May 11th & 12th: Guest Speaker; Art and Framing Convention UK 2013. Harrogate, Yorkshire. At the invitation of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Topic: ‘The business side of being an artist’. 
  • 5th, 7th & 9th November 2012: Art Workshop Tutor & Designer: BBC Radio Merseyside. ’3 day Art Workshop’ as part of ‘Up for Arts’ project with Clatterbridge NHS at BBC Radio Merseyside, supported by ‘Voluntary Arts England’. 
  • 12th September 2012: Guest Speaker: Making Pictures Manchester 2012. At the invitation of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Topic: ‘Networking for Artists’ 
  • 8th September 2012: Art Exhibitor & Demonstrator: St Annes Arts and Music Festival. St Annes, Lancashire. 
  • 24th, 26th & 27th July 2012: Art Workshop Tutor: BBC Radio Merseyside. ‘Portrait Art 3 day workshop’ as part of ‘Up for Arts’ project at BBC Radio Merseyside supported by ‘Voluntary Arts England‘ & ‘Campaign for Drawing’. Interviewed ‘live on air’ by BBC Radio Presenters Billy Butler, Willie Miller and Helen Jones. 
  •  25th July 2012: Art Workshop Tutor: Leisure Painter and The Artist Magazines. Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire. Topic: Demonstrating Derwent’s Artbar Range.
  •  8th February 2012: Guest Speaker: Spring Fair International 2012. At the invitation of Fine Art Trade Guild. Topic: ‘My Life in Art’. 
  • Art Class (weekly) ‘St Anne’s YMCA Art Group’ 2011/2012.
  • 2011: ‘Artist in Residence’; BBC Radio Lancashire. Running regular Art Workshops. Interviewed ‘live on air’ on during the workshops by BBC Presenter John Gillmore (Gilly).

1.  Art Workshop Tutor: BBC Radio Lancashire. Venue: 2026 Gallery, BBC Radio Lancashire. Topic: Animal Art Workshops. Interviewed ‘live on air’ during Art Workshops each week. 2011 September/October:

2.  Art Workshop Tutor: BBC Radio Lancashire. Venue: 2026 Gallery, BBC Radio Lancashire. Topic: ‘Faces of Gilly’ Portrait Art Workshops with ‘model’. BBC Radio Presenter John Gillmore. Interviewed ‘live on air’ during Art Workshops each week.

3.  28th October 2011: Guest Speaker/ Demonstrator: BBC Masterclass on  Portraiture. Venue: 2026 Gallery, BBC Radio Lancashire. BBC Master Class on ‘Portraiture’ with model in front of invited audience (fully booked). Advertised nationally on BBC Shows and Tours. 

  •  November 2008: Guest Speaker: 4th Manchester International Clubfoot Conference Global Day. Topic: ‘Health Promotion, the role of medical art today’.



  • Interviewed by BBC Radio Presenter Helen Jones during ‘get-together’ of workshop artists, patients and staff at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s Mobile Treatment Unit to view the two completed wall friezes, following my role as Lead Workshop Artist & Designer on ’3 day Art Workshop’ as part of ‘Up for Arts’ project with Clatterbridge NHS at BBC Radio Merseyside, supported by ‘Voluntary Arts England’.
  • Interviewed ‘live on air’ by BBC Radio Merseyside Presenter Nick Robins to promote ‘Up for Arts‘ project with Clatterbridge NHS.
  • Interviewed ‘live on air’ by BBC Radio Presenters Billy Butler, Willie Miller and Helen Jones during my ‘Portrait Art 3 day workshop’ as part of ‘Up for Arts’ project at BBC Radio Merseyside, supported by ‘Voluntary Arts England‘Campaign for Drawing’. 24th, 26th & 27th July 2012.
  • Interviewed  ‘live on air’ by  BBC Radio Presenter John Gillmore of BBC Radio Lancashire during ‘Art with Anne; Animal Art Workshops’ and ‘Art with Anne; Portrait Art Workshops entitled ‘Faces of Gilly’, Summer & Autumn 2011 as part of  ‘Artist in Residence’.
  • Interviewed by Presenter John Gillmore of BBC Radio Lancashire; talking about ‘My Life in Art’, 2011.
  • Featured on Animal Art Fair promotional video 2011.
  • ‘Cheetah on the run’, my oil painting; chosen as website ‘banner image’ of Fine Art Trade Guild.  Jan 2011.
  • Featured in August 2009 issue of Lancashire Life Magazine.


Art Societies/ Group and Private Tuition:

Recent Art Society Demonstrations and/or Workshops include:

  • Hutton Art Society – Art Workshop in Acrylics – March 2014
  • Chorley Lodge Artist’s Society – Animal Art Demonstration – October 2013.
  • Bramhall Art Society - Demonstration followed by individual tuition – October 2012
  • Darwen Art Society – Demonstrating Derwent’s Artbar followed by individual tuition – June 2012