As she ponders the things that have moved her to paint, Ann Waller declares “South by Southwest” a fitting title for her work.
Influenced by her native South and visits to the Southwest, recent works by the Booneville native and former Booneville art instructor are currently featured at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. Waller will visit Corinth for an opening reception at the gallery on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. along with her husband Jeff, who will sign copies of his books. The exhibit runs through Oct. 21.
“Her paintings have a great deal of charm and character,” said Guild President Sonny Boatman. “There is a great variety in the subject matter because she and her husband have traveled widely.”
The Wallers moved from Booneville a couple of years ago to Gulf Shores, Ala., after she wrapped up 33 years as an art instructor.
She began her teaching career at Booneville.
“I always wanted to come back and teach art in my hometown,” said Waller. “That dream came true for me.”
She also taught in Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, Tupelo, and at Northeast Mississippi Community College before completing her career at Tishomingo County High School.
She was drawn to art at an early age.
“I remember being in my grandmother’s house and walking around and drawing on the little sketch pads that she had, and seeing my first box of crayons,” said Waller. “It’s been about color ever since.”
Inspired by light and color and influenced by the impressionists, she enjoys painting with acrylics unless using a palette knife, when she opts for oils.
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