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Artist Ann Bishop


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Ann Patterson Bishop developed a passion for drawing animals as a young child. In her late teens, she studied art history at the University of Rome (Italy). Returning to school in mid-life, she completed a degree in fine arts at Montana State University in Bozeman. Her Bozeman studies opened a whole new world of media for her including: watercolor, pastel, acrylics, ceramics, bronze sculpting and now oils.
 
She has worked in many capacities, but one of her favorite jobs was with the Bureau of Land Management in Lewistown, Montana. Hired as an illustrator and cartographer her favorite assignment was working with the wildlife biologists where she was able to hone her already excellent animal-drawing skills – and she had the added benefit of spending significant time outdoors observing native Montana species. She also got to play with the neighbors livestock and spent significant time on horses and caring for them. Including riding on some of Montana's famous wild horse ranges and taming a couple of them.
 
The aim of my art is not to depict animals with all of their fur and feathers in their specific habitat but, for you, the viewer to be brought into the scene and experience whatever the scene evokes in you. Take time to get to know the individual and take some time to ponder and hopefully to laugh and enjoy their/our world. And thru this encounter to take into account all of the animals with which we share this world.
 
Now living in Helena, Montana, Ann has been a full time artist for the past 5 years with representation at Lark Art/Sedona, Arizona; Moccasin Mountain Gallery/Lewistown, Montana; and, Birds and Beasleys/Helena, Montana, Latigo and Lace in Augusta and newest of all Mountain Sage Gallery in Helena.  Additionally, she has painted murals for both private homes and public places [...]

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