Anne McMath started painting when her husband was stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
She worked under the mentorship of “talented and inspiring teacher”, Harold A Wolfinbarger, in Denver for over twenty years. She began by working with oils but eventually switched to watercolors.
Her love of painting led her to open a bed and breakfast and art gallery after she had found herself on the coast of Maine. Her gallery showcased the work of three different watercolor artists, in addition to her own paintings.
Deciding that they wanted to be closer to their son, who lived in western North Carolina, and having always desired to live at the beach, Anne and her husband moved to Southport in 2015. She considers the move to Southport “a fulfilled wish.”
Although she primarily combines watercolors with ink, she says that she loves the vibrant colors that watercolors provide and likes the “accidental effects” that the washes can sometimes create.
Anne is a member of the Wilmington Arts Council, the Associated Arts of Southport, and serves on the board of directors of the Brunswick Arts Council. She works with her current mentor, Fritz Kapraun at the Wilmington Art Museum. She usually paints while out on her sun porch. Her favorite subjects are seaside birds, cats, ladies in big hats, and ocean scenes.
When asked what advice she would give to an up-and-coming young artist, Anne says simply “Just enjoy it.”