PhotoMainLou Ann is a Canadian who has been living in South Africa for the past 20 years. In Canada, she was the owner and curator of Manna Fine Art Gallery located north of the city of Toronto. In South Africa, she was teaching Art to disadvantaged children for 12 years at Riversands Primary School through a Charitable Organization called Hands of Joy. Several years ago, Lou Ann and her friend, Tessa Anderson created and designed a series of “Beaded Foil Etchings” that were exhibited and sold in South Africa and Internationally. It is during this time, she began to explore the awesome experience of learning to draw and paint in oils… Together with her husband and son, she is an avid traveller, hiker and photographer – formerly a member of the Johannesburg Photographic Society. From the very beginning of her time in South Africa, she was fascinated by the beauty and diversity of the South African landscape and wildlife –which are often the subjects of her paintings.

As a committed Christian, she is also intrigued by the inner landscape and enjoys the challenge of interpreting inspirational writings and visions onto canvas as well. Chagall, Picasso, Monet, Georgia O’keefe and Henry Moore have each inspired Lou Ann, as have many contemporary visual artists and photographers like Alan Donaldson, Horst Klemm, Freeman Patterson and Hendrik Potgieter. She has a General Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and has studied Weaving, Interior Decorating, Sign Language and Art Therapy which have all been instrumental on her journey. For the past 14 years, she has been privileged to study with Carolyn Morrisson at her Johannesburg studio and is grateful for her tuition and encouragement… More recently, Lou Ann is also studying with Fine Artist, Johan Conradie in Pretoria. Her work has been exhibited in studio and group shows…