After years of sticking with art and collecting various skills along the way, Ann Tanzy developed her own style and today has sold a number of pieces.
Ann Tanzy, who today describes herself as an abstract watercolor artist, has been in the art business since the 1980s.
In the 1980s, Tanzy, who is now a Waxhaw resident, took an oil painting class at Central Piedmont Community College but later left that medium behind when she discovered watercolor painting and the different techniques she could use.
She wasn't a fan of oil painting and was first introduced to watercolor after someone suggested she purchase a small watercolor palette like the ones children use, to get her started. She did and afterwards took some more art classes. One day she saw a picture of a watercolor painting in a magazine and loved everything about it. As a result, she chose to put her focus on watercolor, Tanzy said.
"I was really drawn to it (the picture) and I tried and tried and tried and tried but I just couldn't figure out how to do it," she said.
She kept working at it and eventually came up with her own method for watercolor painting and hasn't looked back. Along with the abstract watercolor paintings she creates, she also makes collages. Almost 30 years after she started, she is glad to still be working in the art business. Though she is not an artist full time, she works to squeeze in opportunities to work on and create her many different art pieces when she can, Tanzy said.
"A lot of water, a lot of pigment, and gravity," she said in reference to how she often goes about creating her artwork.
She sometimes has an idea in mind for how she wants a piece she's working on to look, but often the way the paint appears on it or other aspects of the piece can influence it to go in a different direction. In some cases, what she may have thought of as a bad mistake at first, turns into a very good mistake later on and makes the artwork turnout better than she expected, she said.
"I love the movement of the water, the movement of pigment on the page, I love the texture, I love color," she said, in reference to why she's drawn to working with watercolor.
When not working as an artist, Tanzy works as a personal assistant in Charlotte. She's been able to balance her work as an artist and her work in Charlotte pretty well though it can sometimes be hard when it comes to preparing her work for art shows. Throughout the many years she's spent as an artist, she's enjoyed it and would encourage others interested in being a watercolor artist like her to go for it and to keep trying and working at it. For her, the hardest thing about being an artist has been marketing her work. Despite this, she enjoys the work she does and continues on creating new artwork regularly, she said.
"It's been a long road, but a fun road," she said in reference to her career as an artist.
For more information about Tanzy or to view or purchase some of her artwork, visit www.anntanzy.com.