Born and educated in UK, at the age of thirteen I knew I wanted a career in art and I was encouraged by my parents and teachers at school. I attended Southbank University ( teacher's diploma)and West Surrey College of art (honours degree).
After teaching in schools and colleges for sixteen years, I became a full time artist as soon as I found my true expression and art signature. Due to my husband's relocation to France in 1996, I made the most of the vibrant art scene and took part in many salons achieving great success with awards and diplomas for my unique art.
I like to express my love of natural surroundings, from glorious gardens, wild flower prairies, captivating natural landscapes and wildlife. Foreign travel has broadened my vision and scope from the imaginative to the exotic bold compositions. Countries where I participated in exhibitions such as China, Japan, Cambodia, Australia and India, all contributed towards the evolution of my unusual techniques which involve applying other media to enhance the overall magical effects.
To date , I have accumulated over thirty awards, both national and international.
I am showcased by Manhattan Arts International, http://www.manhattanarts.com/ann-dunbar-painting/
represented by Shoalhaven Fine Art gallery, NSW, Australia
represented by pptArt Crowdsourcing platform and corporate art Italie, http//www.pptart.net
Poala Trevisan International since 2009 http://www.trevisan-international-art.com
I am also featured in many art magazines and books, most recently I have joined the Artcomexpo Association of International Artists and will be featured on their website and book "Artists Across Continents 2016, to be released at the Brazilan Embassy in Olso, Norway in September 2016 http://www.artcomexpo.com
I am listed in the Larousse Dictionary of art http://www.dunbar.guidarts.com
I will be featured in the 2016-7 "Annuaire International des Beaux Arts with a double page which will be available from Amazon, fnac, cultura .com and as an ebook also from September.
I am a member of TAFA, the world -wide list of Textile and fibre artists registered at http://www.tafalist.com
Recently I have been nominated for the Palm art award in Germany and also for the prestigious "Palma d'oro art award, Monte Carlo Prize to be presented on 24th September 2016., by Art Expo Gallery.
I am currently working on a series of underwater scenes inspired by the Barrier Reef in Australia.A few examples are shown in this gallery. The dark mysterious magical effects I have achieved with mixed media on paper are enhanced with intricate embroidery. In this liqeous paradise, the colours radiate scintillating hues which change and flicker with light and the textural mass of stitchery defines the rich irridescent forms of sealife.