"Inspiring Artist!" Ann Hair

Meet Painter Ann Hair…

Ann, It has been a pleasure to work side by side with you on several occasions. I am so excited to share your story here.

Please introduce yourself and your art a little bit.

Ann Krol Hair

I restarted my journey into painting 10 years ago. It was time to do something for myself after raising my daughter, teaching art and moving all over the country. I started taking painting lessons and it revealed itself as my passion. Since then, I’ve won a few awards, most notably, the cover of the Wilmington Home Builders Parade of Homes publication in 2007. I am honored to be one of the artists included in the book “Painting
North Carolina, Impressions en Pleinair”.

Where can people find you and your work?

My work can be found at Spectrum Gallery in Wilmington, Wade Designs in Rocky Mount, Churton St. Gallery in Hillsborough, on my website at www.annhair.com and on Facebook.

Finish this thought: For me art is…

a creative journey through life. I found out in high school that there was a creative urge nagging to get out. I explored my creativity in high school and college but upon graduation, I realized I needed to make a living. But, it was always there, bubbling under the surface. After careers in advertising, interior design and medical illustration, I took a creative break to raise my family. The past 10 years have been the most exciting part of that creative journey with travels to workshops, entering shows, winning a few awards, meeting fellow artists and traveling to paint in exotic locales.

What has been your process of getting to where you are now in your artistic career?

The past 10 years have been a creative exploration of different mediums, processes, learning, exploring and trial and error. Interacting with other artists has been invaluable in this journey. Sharing ideas about materials, processes, and critique is important for me to move forward. That’s why I love our pleinair group, PAINT NC. I’m
one of the founding members.

Can you talk a little bit about your experiences as an art teacher?

I didn’t teach art for many years. There were no jobs when I graduated so I went about the business of living. After 20 years, I was finally able to teach what I always wanted. Being a mom, made teaching elementary art most rewarding. Every one of the kids was like my own child. Once they knew I was a “Mom”, there was complete trust that I would lead them on a safe journey. Although retired, I continue to share the creative journey by teaching from my home studio.

You have an exciting new opportunity to teach next year in France. Tell us about it.

Next May, a fellow artist and I are taking a group to SW France to explore where art began. I was most touched by the prehistoric Caves of Lasceaux. It was an emotional experience and one I need to share with others. After all, it’s where art began.

What tips do you have for artists who are considering traveling out side of the country to paint?

The most sage piece of advice about traveling to paint either within the US or outside the country is to travel light. Limit your palette and condense your materials. If you can’t carry it, don’t take it.

Your beautiful paintings and desire to teach are inspiring! Who has inspired you?

I take my inspiration from contemporary master artists/colorists like Wolfe Kahn and the late Charles Sovek. I am most inspired by my fellow artists who are able to balance motherhood and creating what comes from their souls.

Are there any tips to living a creative life that you’d like to share?

Carve out time for yourself to express that creative urge. Never look back with regret and share yourself and your knowledge. There really is enough to go around.

Thank you for all of the GREAT advice Ann!!!

“Inspiring Artists!” will be an ongoing series. It will run as long as there are inspiring artists out there wanting to share their stories. If you are an artist and would like to participate please contact me at jhutchins@joyfulartsstudio.com. I would love to hear from you!!


  1. Nancy Noel May
    August 16, 2010

    As the manager of Spectrum Art & Jewelry I am very familiar with Ann and her wonderful paintings. Love your blog post, great interview with Ann.

  2. barbara k tesmer
    August 16, 2010

    have ann’s art all over the house.. just love her style….

  3. Carol A. Strickland
    August 17, 2010

    Such beautiful paintings! I love the brushwork and bold colors! It’s so nice to hear from someone who gets such a kick out of art.

  4. Marcy Krol
    August 17, 2010

    I also have Ann’s paintings in my home…….and love and enjoy them very much……such talent…….

  5. Nathalie
    August 17, 2010

    Ann is truly a representative of the creative process, and she is gifted with a way of helping others on that journey. Her paintings are direct and lovely, and I always wonder, “how’d she do that?”

    Through her sage advice, whether specific about a particular passage in a painting, or philosophical, about art’s meaning in our lives, she inspires with a twinkle in her eye and warmth in her communication. I’ve had such fun and many laughs working side by side with Ann, and being lucky enough to learn from her generously shared experiences. –Nathalie W.

  6. Patt Clapper
    August 17, 2010

    I’m looking forward to becoming an owner of one of Ann’s Pleinair creations … their light, wispy technique and familiar content always make me remark, “Ahhhhh….someday…..”

  7. Francie Henson
    August 19, 2010

    I love Ann’s work! I love her technique and the beautiful choice of colors. She’s an amazing artist! ~ Francie H.

  8. Betsy Duncan
    August 27, 2010

    Ann is amazing! So much talent and energy.


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