About the Artist

Although I had dabbled in the arts as a teen and young adult, I began painting seriously in 1989 after spending a year at L’Abri n the south of England where I became inspired to paint.  

My art is an important form of communication for me.  It can express who I am and how I see the world in all it's beauty and fallen-ness.  I am thankful to God for the ability to paint,  and I feel both humbled and blessed that I have the opportunity to use it, hopefully, in a way that pleases Him.  Primarily a figurative artist using oils in a more traditional realist style, I have also explored other styles and themes including landscape and still life, specifically reflective pieces.    

Within the art world, originality is valued.  I prefer to cause one to stop and reflect on the ordinary in life, to find beauty in it, to simply enjoy it or be comfort by it, to sometimes ponder deeper thoughts or allow it to be a place to find momentary rest or distraction from the brokenness or business of one’s life.   

Although I no longer enter art competition, in the past my works have won many awards, including Best of Show, People’s Choice Awards and a merit award in international juried competition.  My work can be found in homes across the United States as well as several other countries around the world.

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In January of 2007 I was diagnosed with eye cancer.  Choroidal melanoma, although the most common primary eye cancer, is rare (about 6 of one million) found behind the retina of the eye.    This is not a diagnosis anyone wants to hear but especially a visual artist, and my initial fear was that it would affect my ability to paint.  I painted frantically for nine months after diagnosis, then laid my painting aside as I went through radiation and a couple surgeries on the eye.  In August of 2008 I returned to my painting and felt like I had 'come home again’.   Although this cancer will take the lives of approximately 50% of those diagnosed with it and can metastasize 5, 15, 25 years after initial treatment, I am at low risk for mestastasis and thankfully still in remission as of 2015.  For more information on Ocular Melanoma, click here to visit the Ocular Melanoma Foundation

© Ann Riggott 2012,  riggottart@yahoo.com