I met Ann Burry yesterday at her home in Chandler’s Ford. Ann is a self-taught artist for over 30 years.
I got to visit her little hide-away at her back garden. Ann named her studio Modies Place, after her favourite artist Amedeo Modigliani, the Italian painter. The studio was built only just a month ago.
Before that, Ann did her paintings in her house, but with her ceaseless energy, creativity, and a strong desire to paint more, she needed more space.
Modies Place – a magical world
Modies Place is magical. Ann can now indulge herself in her own enchanting world all day in her garden. For an artist who always feels the need to paint, to create every single day, this studio is a dream come true.
Apart from painting, Ann also makes jewellery using natural materials.
I found Ann two weeks ago on Streetlife, a social network place for local communities. Ann’s paintings caught my eyes. I wanted to know more about her.
Ann Burry’s mythical and disturbing world
I can’t explain Ann’s paintings. They are mythical, rather surreal, and full of energy to me. Some of her paintings are disturbing. Ann told me some people are scared of the characters and atmosphere in some of her paintings.
Ann’s paintings carry intense emotions. They are perplexing and thought-provoking.
Ann can’t explain her work either. She told me she doesn’t carry a plan as to what to paint. She doesn’t draw. She allows her intuition and deep feeling to guide her. And she just picks up her brushes to paint directly.
Ann found catharsis through painting.
Turning point at the age 40
Ann and her husband Chris have been living in Chandler’s Ford for about 40 years.
Ann never went to arts school, but she felt an urge to be creative when she turned 40.
She dabbled into different forms of crafts and arts, but finally she found her passion in painting.
Ann hasn’t stopped painting since for more than 30 years.
Ann used to visit Fryern Primary School to work with kids in arts. She loves getting kids messy and expressive.
I’m pleased to have found Ann on Streetlife and she just lives down the road. Ann’s world through her paintings is intriguing. I’ll visit her again.
To see more of Ann Burry’s paintings, please visit her Facebook page: Ann Burry.