Award-winning artist Ann Kristin Lindsay was born in Chicago and received her formal art training at Pratt Institute in the late 60's. Upon moving to Petersburgh, NY in 1970 she established Ann Lindsay Pottery and for 15 years created pieces that were carried in major craft galleries and shops throughout the country. Feeling an increasing need to work more directly in color and to express the beauty she saw in a more representational way, she began to paint during the slow seasons.
It is said, "When the student is ready the teacher appears". In 1987 Ann had the good fortune to study with Jack Flynn, AWS for 2 years. Eventually, she made the transition from potter to painter and had her first one-woman show in 1989.
"Watercolor has always called to me. I am fascinated with its inherent qualities--it's transparency, the almost explosive reaction between pigment and water, the play of light and color...I love the dialogue, the back and forth--I do this, it does that, and always I am listening, learning when to hold on...when to let go...I don't think of myself as controlling g it. It's more of a dance. And I love where I am when I paint--at that place where I and "the thous" come together."
It is that place, that connection - and the sharing of that experience that inspires Ann's approach to teaching.
"It's wonderful to experience that one-ness and then to express our response to it. It's a form of meditation - a form that is joyful, playful. And our lives are that much richer if we are able to "speak" art, even if it is just playing with color or sketching a little in our journal, or taking a pocket paint set along on our holiday".
Ann began teaching beginning watercolor in 1989 and in the early ‘90’s she broke new ground with the development of a holistic student-centered approach to teaching art-an approach which values the process of creative exploration for each individual and emphasizes the intuitive aspects of learning art. She wrote the book Watercolor:A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting, published by Watson-Guptill, NY in 1998. It has been since been reprinted by Echo Point Media.
Ann has taught her workshops around the country and abroad and has served on the faculties of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY, New York Open Center for Holistic Learning and Culture in New York City, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester VT, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Greenville, NY, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA, and others in addition to offering workshops through Ann Lindsay Studio in eastern New York State. Having led workshops in France, Italy, Costa Rica and the Caribbean she now teaches exclusively at Omega Institute and Kripalu.
Her "New Beginning" workshop was featured in the Nov. ’01 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (November, ’01).