Ann Cowden

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Ann Cowden is represented by Bonny and Alan Shuptrine of Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs

Artist Statement

Having painted since old enough to hold a pencil I have settled on oils as my medium of choice. Oils provide rich brushstrokes, wonderful color and  permanence, a factor in portraits, wanting them to last many lifetimes. I strive to capture the personality and essence of the subject as well as their likeness, and I have never had a dissatisfied client! My clients dictate the setting and clothing with my recommendations after meeting with them and learning who they are and what their style is. I was honored to be selected to paint President Woodrow Wilson for the University of Virginia School of Law where it hangs today.  I have painted many posthumous portraits, male and female, and several CEOs to hang in their boardrooms. Beautiful children with rosy skin tones and soft round faces are incredibly fun, and I love the character of older adults with the wisdom their faces portray.

I have a vast library of art books and travel to museums as frequently as possible to study paintings of the old masters; Zorn, Sargent, Cassatt, Cecelia Beaux and William Meritt Chase are but a few of my heroes.  Studying their work provides vast education on the colors and the techniques they used……invaluable to what I do every day. I learn something new every day and I am open to all of the information I can find about portraits and those who painted them.   I believe that painting landscapes, still life’s and seascapes can make one a better portrait painter and so I continue to hone my skills in those areas also.   I continue to study with artists whose work I admire all over the country always wishing to improve and grow. Every day is an adventure and I never want to become complacent and think I know all I need to know!

  • Chesapeake Bay by Ann Cowden

    Chesapeake Bay
    Ann Cowden

  • Boats at Sunrise by Ann Cowden

    Boats at Sunrise
    Ann Cowden

  • Old Wharf by Ann Cowden

    Old Wharf
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  • Grazing Heifer by Ann Cowden

    Grazing Heifer
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  • Early Morning by Ann Cowden

    Early Morning
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  • Brooks by Ann Cowden

    Brooks
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  • Brothers by Ann Cowden

    Brothers
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  • Cabot by Ann Cowden

    Cabot
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  • Campbell by Ann Cowden

    Campbell
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  • Cooper by Ann Cowden

    Cooper
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  • Ellsbeth by Ann Cowden

    Ellsbeth
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  • Emily by Ann Cowden

    Emily
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  • Emmy and Jackson by Ann Cowden

    Emmy and Jackson
    Ann Cowden

  • Girl in Birmingham by Ann Cowden

    Girl in Birmingham
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  • Jim by Ann Cowden

    Jim
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  • Laine by Ann Cowden

    Laine
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  • Lana by Ann Cowden

    Lana
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  • Lauren by Ann Cowden

    Lauren
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  • Liza by Ann Cowden

    Liza
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  • Mary D. by Ann Cowden

    Mary D.
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  • Mary H by Ann Cowden

    Mary H.
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  • Mary L by Ann Cowden

    Mary L.
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  • Norris by Ann Cowden

    Norris
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  • Peter and Fred by Ann Cowden

    Peter and Fred
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  • President Woodrow Wilson by Ann Cowden

    President Woodrow Wilson
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  • Sisters by Ann Cowden

    Sisters
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  • Stephen by Ann Cowden

    Stephen
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  • Tanner by Ann Cowden

    Tanner
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  • Virginia by Ann Cowden

    Virginia
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  • William by Ann Cowden

    William
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