Native California artist, Ann Heskett, began
actively creating art at a young age. She is known for her
award-winning wildlife and still life paintings. She became intimately
involved with wildlife through the films produced by family members
who traveled the globe. Her personal discoveries have taken her to
sanctuaries and local zoos where she has photographed and studied her
“I believe the designs in nature are perfect:--stripes, spots, a white
lion’s blue eyes, the leopard’s quietly forceful presence and
camouflage. Every time I see these things I feel that a master artist
has been at work.”
It was here that she first sharpened her technique and style, painting
many colors in the fur. It’s not unusual to see magentas, greens,
violets and reds, sometimes Prussian blues and turquoise. She plays
with color and, at times, will achieve a “happy accident,” as Dan
Edmonson suggests in his teaching.
“I once was so close to a tiger cub, I could see every detail of his
eyes. He was stunning! When he rolled over on his back, the complexity
in the colors emanating from his eyes gave me a chill. It was an
emotional moment for me and I rushed home to begin my first serious
wildlife painting of two tigers.”
Ann paints her still life using dramatic light and color. She mixes
her paints from the live setup and continues the process from
Although mostly self-taught, Ann has studied with Mark Carder, an
artist who paints presidents and dignitaries; Gary Bergren, celebrated
Western Artist; Daniel Edmonson, artist, teacher, and mentor for
artists from around the world.
Her career as an executive and consultant in marketing, public
relations and promotional design, enriched her creative side. She
studied ballet and voice along the way and now paints fulltime.
Ann considers herself to be a lifelong student of the environment,
human nature and art.