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Resume, Biography and Statement


     Individual Shows and Exhibitions                                                                                   
    2012    Exhibition, Carillon Business Park--Kirkland, Washington
    2011    Solo Show, Daniel Smith Gallery--Bellevue, Washington  
    2004    Solo Show, Olympic College--Bremerton, Washington

    2003    Solo Show, Dimension Design Center--Bellevue, Washington
    2002    Solo Exhibition, Seattle Bon Gallery--Seattle, Washington
    2001    Two-Woman Show, Childhood's End Gallery--Olympia, Washington
    2000    Solo Exhibition, Bird's Nest Galler--Port Townsend, Washington
    1999    Solo Exhibition, Daniel Smith Gallery--Seattle, Washington
    1998    One-Woman Show, Evergreen Gallery--Kirkland, Washington
    1998    Featured Artist, Bird's Nest Gallery--Port Townsend, Washington
    1998    Single Artist Exhibition, Bellevue Downtown Library--Bellevue, Washington
    1997    Featured Artist, Bellevue Art Museum Gift Shop--Bellevue, Washington
    1997    Two-Woman Show, Edmonds Arts Festival Museum--Edmonds, Washington
    1997    Two-Woman Show, 360> Fine Art--Seattle, Washington
    1996    One-Woman Show, Interior Art and Frame--Kirkland, Washington
    1995    Featured Artist, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1994    One-Woman Show, Interior Art and Frame--Kirkland, Washington

    Juried Shows & Competitions                                                    
    2012    NWWS 72nd Annual Open Exhibition, Design Center--Seattle, Washington
    2011    National Watercolor Society 91st Annual Exhibition--San Pedro, California
    2011    NWWS Waterworks Exhibition--Seattle, Washington
    2008    EAFA 33rd Annual Open Exhibition—Redmond, Washington
    2008    NWWS Waterworks, Dimensions Gallery—Bellevue, Washington
    2007    Parklane Gallery 15th International Miniature Show—Kirkland, Washington
    2006    Arts of Snohomish Annual Art Show, Arts of Snohomish Gallery—Snohomish, Wash.
    2006    NWWS Membership Show, Kaewyn Gallery—Bothell, Washington
    2006    EAFA Juried Competition, Key Center—Bellevue, Washington
    2006    EAFA Membership Show, Trilogy Ridge—Woodinville, Washington
    2005    NWWS Signature Show, New Dimensions Gallery—Bellevue, Washington
    2005    EAFA Membership Show, Trilogy Ridge—Woodinville, Washington
    2004    NWWS Signature Invitational Show, University House--Issaquah, Washington
    2004    NWWS 64th Annual Open Exhibition, Artists Gallery of Seattle--Seattle,
              Washington
    2003    NWWS Waterworks Show, Artist's Gallery of Seattle--Seattle, Washington
    2002    Animals in Art Competition Show, Issaquah Gallery-- Issaquah, Washington
    2002    WPW Juried Exhibition, Burien Arts Gallery--Burien, Washington
    2002    WPW Juried Exhibition, Childhood's End Gallery--Olympia, Washington
    2001    WPW Juried Exhibition, Sydney Art Gallery--Port Orchard, Washington
    2001    WPW Juried Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Center--Mercer Island,Washington
    2001    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2000    WPW Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Center--Mercer Island, Washington
    2000    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Evergreen Gallery--Kirkland, Washington
    2000    NWWS 60th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit--Frye Art Museum--Seattle, Washington   
    1999    Frye Art Museum, Women in the Arts Exhibition, with the WPW--Seattle, Washington
    1999    NWWS Annual Member Show: Waterworks, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1999    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    Western Washington State Fair--Puyallup, Washington
    1998    WPW 'Creative Women' Exhibition, Seattle Pacific University--Seattle, Washington
    1998    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Tolles Gallery--Mercer Island, Washington
    1998    WPW Exhibition, Seattle Asian Art Museum--Seattle, Washington
    1997    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Wash. State Convention Center--Seattle, Washington
    1996    Edmonds Art Festival Juried Show--Edmonds, Washington
    1995    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1995    NWWS 55th Open National Exhibition, Howard/Mandeville Gallery--Redmond, Wash.
    1994    EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Executive Gallery--Kirkland, Washington
 
    Group Exhibitions 
    2012    Group Exhibition, Wadell & Reed--Bellevue, Washington
    2011    WPW Fall Membership Show--Mercer Island, Washington  
    2011    WPW Gallery, Columbia Tower--Seattle, Washington 
    2010    WPW Membership Exhibition, WPW Gallery--Seattle, Washington                                                  

    2008    WPW Gallery, Columbia Tower—Seattle, Washington
    2008    WPW Fall Membership Show, Mercer Island Community Center—Mercer Island, Wash.
    2008    University House Wallingford, Group Show “Boats, Bridges & Buildings”—Seattle, Wash.
    2008    NNWS Signature Member Show, Daniel Smith Gallery—Bellevue, Washington
    2008    WPW Member Show, Kaewyn Gallery—Bothell, Washington
    2007    NWWS Signature Members Show, Arts Council of Snohomish Co.Gallery—Everett, Wash.
    2007    NWWS Signature Member Show, New Dimensions Gallery—Bellevue, Washington
    2006    WPW Member Show, Kirsten Gallery—Seattle, Washington
    2005    WPW Member Show, New Dimensions Gallery—Bellevue, Washington
    2004    EAFA Member Show, Old Redmond School House--Redmond, Washington
    2004    WPW Member Show, Flamingo Gallery--Renton, Washington
    2003    WPW Member Show, Lakeshore Gallery--Kirkland, Washington
    2003    Invitational Landscape Show, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2003    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2002    Small Treasures, Annual Holiday Show, Dimension Design Center, Bellevue, Washington
    2002    Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2002    WPW Member Show, Burien Arts Center--Burien, Washington
    2002    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2001    WPW Member Show, Sidney Museum and Art Gallery--Port Orchard, Washington
    2001    NWWS Signature Member Exhibition, Arts West Gallery--Seattle, Washington
    2001    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2000    EAFA Annual Membership Show, Old Redmond School House--Redmond,  Washington
    2000    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2000    Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    2000    WPW Member Show, Edmonds Community College--Edmonds, Washington
    1999    Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1999    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1999    WPW Member Show, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    NWWS Annual National Open Exhibition; exhibiting as Showchair
    1998    NWWS Signature/Invitational Exhibition, Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1998    WPW Member's Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Center--Mercer Island,Washington
    1998    EAFA Fall Member's Show, Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1997    WPW Member Show, Moss Bay Gallery--Kirkland, Washington
    1997    WPW Exhibition, Amy Burnett Gallery--Bremerton, Washington
    1997    NWWS Signature/Invitational Exhibition, Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1997    EAFA Member's Show, Wintergarden at the Hyatt Regency--Bellevue,Washington
    1997    EAFA Fall Member's Show--Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1996    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1996    EAFA Member Show--Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1996    EAFA Fall Member's Show--Meydenbauer Center--Bellevue, Washington
    1995    Invitational Floral Art Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Washington
    1995    Bellevue Art Museum Store Exhibit--Bellevue, Washington. By invitation
    1995    EAFA Fall Member Show--Meydenbauer Convention Center--Bellevue,  Washington
    1995    NWWS Annual Signature/Invitational Show, Everett Center for the Arts--Everett, Wash.
    1995    EAFA Member Show, Wintergarden at the Hyatt Regency--Bellevue, Washington
     1994    EAFA Fall Member's Show, Executive Gallery--Kirkland, Washington

  Juried Fine-Art Fair Booths                                                                                               
    2004    Salem Art Fair and Festival--Salem, Oregon
    1999    Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair--Bellevue, Washington
              Kirkland Arts Festival--Kirkland, Washington
              Issaquah Festival of the Arts--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair--Bellevue, Washington
              Edmonds Arts Festival--Edmonds, Washington
     1997    Port Townsend Rhododendron Arts and Crafts Festival--Pt. Townsend, Washington
              Meeker Days Hoedown and Bluegrass Festival--Puyallup, Washington
              Art A La Carte--Tacoma, Washington
              Summerfest!--Kirkland, Washington
              Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair--Bellevue, Washington
              Salem Art Fair and Festival--Salem, Oregon
              Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival--Anacortes, Washington
              Women's Art Showcase--Skagit Valley College--Mt. Vernon, Washington
     1996   Edmonds Arts Festival--Edmonds, Washington
              Salem Art Fair and Festival--Salem, Oregon

     Awards and Honors 
    2011    Signature Membership, National Watercolor Society 
    2011    Life Membership Honor, Women Painters of Washington
    2005    First Place, Best of Show, EAFA Membership Show—Trilogy Ridge, Washington    

    2004    Mary Phyllis Fenwick Memorial Award, EAFA Membership Show--Redmond, Washington
    2002    2nd Place Award, WPW Membership Show, Burien Arts Gallery--Burien, Washington
    2002    Best of Show, Animals in Art Competition/Exhibition, Issaquah Gallery--Issaquah, Wash.
    2002    Honorable Mention, WPW Reflections Show, Olympic College Gallery--Bremerton, Wash.
    2001    Artist & Craftsman Supply Award, WPW Member Show, Pt. Orchard, Washington
    2000    Art featured on cover of Frye Art Museum Summer ScheduleÑSeattle, Washington
    2000    Dick Blick Award, EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Evergreen Gallery--Kirkland, Wash.
    1999    EAFA People's Choice Award, EAFA Annual Open Juried Show, Issaquah Gallery--Iss, Wash.
    1999    NWWS Award, WPW Member Show--Issaquah, Washington
    1999    NWWS Award, EAFA Juried Show--Issaquah, Washington
    1998    Best of Show, EAFA Fall Member Show--Bellevue, Washington
    1997    Chuck Webster Memorial Award for Watercolor, EAFA Annual Juried Open--Seattle, Wash.
    1995    Award of Excellence, EAFA Fall Member Show, Issaquah, Washington
    1995    People's Choice Award, NWWS Annual Signature/Invitational Show, Everett, Washington

     Affiliations   
     Northwest Watercolor Society, Signature Member, since 1994
         Board member 5 years
         Chair, National Open Juried Exhibition 1998
    Northwest Watercolor Foundation (in association with the Northwest Watercolor Society)
         President 2008-current
         Board member and chair of Adopt A School program 2001-2002
         Board member and chair of Scholarship program 2006-2009
    Women Painters of Washington, Since 1996.
         President from 1998-2000
         Board member 1996- present
    Eastside Association of Fine Arts, since 1994
    National Watercolor Society, Signature  Membership  awarded 2011
    American Watercolor Society
    Transparent Watercolor Society

    Corporate Collections                                                                                                     
     University of Washington Medical Center--Seattle, Washington
     Boise Heart Clinic--Boise, Idaho
     United States Air Force--McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington
 
     Teaching and Demonstrating                                         
     2002    Instructor for Communiversity Services, Inc.
               Guest speaker--Artists United--Burien, Washington
               Guest speaker--Seattle Co-Arts---Seattle, Washington
    2001   Demonstration and Lecturer, NWWS meeting (Sept. 2001)
               Demonstrator, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
               Demonstrator and Speaker, NW Flower and Garden Show, Wash. State Convention                                         Center--Seattle, Washington
    2000-present   Demonstrator and Workshop Teacher, Daniel Smith Art Supplies
               Stores, Seattle, Bellevue, and Silverdale, Washington, South Hill Artists in Puyallup,
               and Arts-Umbrella in Bothell
    2000   Guest speaker, EAFA General Meeting
    1999   Demonstrator, Frye Art Museum, with the Women Painters of Washington
    1998-present Demonstrations at local schools--all levels
                Guest speaker and demonstrator, Mercer Island Visual Arts League
                Guest speaker and demonstrator, Artist's League of South Whidby Island
    1997    Demonstrator, NWWS Annual Paint-Out Meeting
                Guest speaker and demonstrator, EAFA General Meeting
    1990-2007  Studio Courses, 3-6 classes per week
   
     Education                                                                                         
     Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance, University of Oregon School of Music
     Beginning Watercolor, Bellevue Community College. Six times


                                                                 Statement                                                   
While appreciating many styles of art, I experience a strong personal fascination with the
preciseness, clarity and technical ability shown in realistic art. I am very sensitive to the impact
of negative influences on our society today, so my purpose in painting is to exult in the best of
the world's offerings, to capture a small amount of beauty and bring it into focus for all to enjoy.
Watercolors move with a mind of their own sometimes, providing an endless set of surprises,
challenges and a feeling of life as you work with them.  The glowing results are exciting and I
love having an opportunity to share this with others.

                                                           Biography                  

Ann Breckon began watercolor study in 1982 as a break from tending her infant twins, but art in many other forms has always been an important part of her life. She spent hours sketching as a child, and benefitted from the influence of parents who involved the whole family in a variety of artistic activities, sometimes leaning towards turning the home into a ceramics shop.

Ann continued to sketch for many years in pencil and ink, but the watercolor classes were a revelation: "Being introduced to watercolors was thrilling, finally showing me how to pour color into the sketches I had done for so long."

Watercolors allow Ann to combine her passions for color and nature as she paints bright and realistic florals that jump off the paper, intricate still lifes, moving portraits, animals, citscapes, seascapes, detailed close-ups and wonderful landscapes.  Refusing to be constrained to one subject,  Ann thrives on the challenge of  a wide range  of painting  themes.

Beginner Watercolor was the only class being taught at the local community college, so Ann continued being a "beginner" for more than two years.  Aside from those classes she has never studied formally, saying,  "I learn from every book I read, every painting I study, from my artist friends, at the demonstrations held at socity meetings, and from the great students in my classes.  Also, every painting I do has something new to teach me.  The adventure never ends."

Raised on the west coast, Ann is the mother of six children and holds a degree in cello performance from the University of Oregon. She has also lived in Washington D.C. and Omaha, Nebraska.

Ann decided to seriously focus on her art in the Fall of 1993. Her art was readily accepted into local galleries and she has participated in numerous solo and group shows. Her paintings have been displayed in the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, and have been included in many local and national exhibitions, winning many awards. She is currently a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society of America and the Northwest Watercolor Society, holds membership in the American Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and  the Eastside Association of Fine Arts.  Ann also juried into the Women Painters of Washington where she served two years as president and was honored with Life Membership in 2011. A popular and experienced teacher, she offers regular classes, workshops and demonstrations throughout the Seattle area. Her art is held in personal, corporate, and U.S. Air Force collections.

Ann has researched watercolor pigments extensively and the colors of her palette have been selected to include only those tested at the top lightfastness rating (good for 200 years). To protect the integrity and life of the paintings, the watercolor paper and all papers used in framing are totally archival.


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