Anne studies colorist and pastel techniques with Kitty Wallis of Portland, Oregon. As well as being her teacher, Kitty has been Anne's close friend for over 30 years. Anne uses exclusively Wallis paper. The pastel brands she prefers are Ludwig, Unison, Schminke, Senelier. When she doesn't find the color she wants, she mixes and creates her own pastels from ground pigments
Anne Kessler is known for her rich impressionist interpretations of Sonoma and Mendocino landscapes in pastels. "To learn how to paint is to learn how to see" she says. Anne graciously shares her vision with many local and national collectors who proudly display her paintings. In 1993 when Masako Owada was married to Prince Naruhito, the Crown Prince of Japan, one of Anne's paintings was presented to the royal couple as a wedding present by an American collector. The painting now hangs in the private collection of the Japanese Royal household.
Anne attended Radcliffe College and U.C. Berkeley, and spent 12 years as a professional musician. She currently lives in Point Arena by the Garcia River. She has shown her work in galleries in San Francisco, Scottsdale, New York City, Paris and Zurich. This year Anne is the featured artist on Fetzer Vineyards Earth Day Wine. Her painting called Monte Rio Light is on the label. This wonderful chardonnay is available in stores across the United States. The wine was released on earthday to celebrate Fetzer's commitment to sustainability.
You can visit with Anne at her website: annekesslerpastels.com