Ann Welch, born in Manchester, has been resident on the island of Lesvos for over 35 years so it is natural that the beauty of the land and its people are her main subjects. One critic of the show ' British Artists Paint Lesvos ' for which she was guest curator and participant at the Teriade in Varia some years ago mentioned that she had an 'erotic' relationship with the island's landscape, something that she doesn't deny: it is an ongoing affair.
When not on the island Ann works out of West End Studios in Chatham, Kent (thewestendstudioschatham.wordpress.com). Her most recent one person show at Creek Creative in Faversham,Kent was entitled 'Ithaka' and raised 1000 euros for the Pipka Camp in Mytilene. Ann's work was selected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Museum of the Petrified Forest in Sigri and she has exhibited oils, watercolour, batik, fresco and traditional Orthodox Iconography internationally at such places as the former Julie's Artisans Gallery in New York, the Bellevue Museum in Seattle, Donnell Library New York, Gayle Wison Gallery in Southhampton , NY, and The Berkeley Crafts Cooperative in California, to name just a few. Her icons may be seen in Rochester Cathedral, UK , St Peter and Paul Church, Edenbridge, Kent, The Methodist Church, Chistlehurst, Kent , St Peter's, Oare, and were on display at several group shows at The Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral and at Keynes College, University of Kent and with the British Association of Iconographers and at The Russian Cultural Centre in London. Whilst living in New York Ann participated as a member in all the shows organised by the Brooklyn Watercolour Society. Her work is published in six books.
Ann is influenced by the great British Landscape painters such as Palmer and Hitchens. In recent years she has curated and also participated in three shows held at St Peter's Church Oare , one of which, the highly acclaimed Divine Dimensions installation, was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for its illumination of the role of Byzantine art in British history .