About the Artist

Ann Ryherd

Ann Ryherd

As a child I was always interested in drawing and painting, but I did not pursue this interest, except now and then, during the next forty years of career and raising a family.  When I retired in 2010, I enrolled in a beginning watercolor class at South Puget Sound Community College.  I fell head over heels in love with watercolor.  I love its transparency and the “happy accidents” that occur so often when using this exciting medium.

Recently, I have been experimenting with soft pastels.  The process of painting with pastels is nearly the opposite process of painting with watercolor.  Since pastels are an opaque medium, the color is added from darks to lights, whereas with transparent watercolor, the whites are the saved whites of the paper.  I find that I like both ways of capturing my love of nature.

My paintings are mostly landscapes.  I find inspiration in the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the state capitol, and from travel around the west and the world.