Ann Marie Whitton


My Story
When I was young I dreamed of being an artist (well not quite true I wanted to be a ballet dancer) I would spent most of my time drawing, painting and making things. St Albans was a rural town then and we lived opposite an enormous field, it was there that I played out with the neighbourhood children and I loved it. Roaming the fields, watching the birds and lying in the grass staring at clouds was a big part of my childhood. 

My first experience of a 'sketchbook' was buying them from the local newsagent near my house. These sketchbooks were made from thin paper and stapled in the centre, terrible quality but I adored them. I would draw with a few pencils and pens. My inspiration was anything, but I loved animals and drew loads. I still have those early books today. 

I went to a local school and did well. My favourite lessons being French and Art. But school was hard and Secondary School even harder !! But I did study A level Art and enjoyed the process. Back in the seventies there was not much career choice, and I had to get a 'proper' job, that meant nursing or teaching. So I went into teaching. My parents refused to send me to art school. 

At school I went dinghy sailing, and from this amazing experience I had a second career. Racing, sailing big yachts, tall ships, teaching and becoming a Senior Sailing Instructor. Sailing took me to the Norfolk and the Broads, Isle of Wight, Scotland, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Spain and France. It was whilst on these sailing trips I developed a love for the sea and sky.

As for my art, there is another journey. I didn't really start calling myself an artist till I was in my forties. Oaklands College and The University of Hertfordshire helped me along the way. I took many courses in Art Therapy, Life Drawing, Painting, Photography and my passion Printmaking.

The internet came along and I embraced it. From the early 2000s I started to sell my work on different websites. Hence I started to draw with line, colour and energy all the places in Britain I love. My work has gone to many UK and International destinations. 
In between all this, life gave me three children and a busy family life. Plus an active teaching career in Special Needs schools.
Since 2009 I have been running art workshops for adults at Sandringham School. Sandringham School is part of a consortium offering the local community a wide range of educational courses.

During lockdown I decided it was time for me to explore some new art ideas. As we were allowed to go for a walk, I spent a lot of time at our local field, which is called Jersey farm Woodland Park. There I was drawing and painting the woodland and fields. To help me develop my ideas further I took a course with Liz Hough at St Ives School of Painting called Abstraction. Landscape a Sense of Place. This course has really opened a door to me, and I am now following a new art path.

My art explorations can be found on You Tube, Esty, Ebay, Herts Visual Arts, St Albans Art Society and of course my website