McLean Art Society

Program Artist

Ann Wallace


Ann Wallace holds a B.A.from the University of Massachusetts, a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, and an L.L.M. from George Washington University School of Law. After law school, she worked as a criminal attorney for the United States Department of Justice.  At the same time, she continued to pursue art as a student at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland.  In 2001, she became a Yellow Barn Instructor teaching drawing and painting with oils, acrylics, gouache, and pastels.  She continues to teach painting classes at Plaza Artists Materials in Rockville, Maryland.

Ann is also a copyist at the National Gallery of Art.  Below are her copies of J.M.W. Turner’s Rotterdam Ferry-Boat and Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight; Thomas Gainsborough’s Seashore with Fishermen; and Worthington Whittredge’s Second Beach, Newport.

Ann paints immediately or directly— “au premier coup” (at first stroke) or “alla prima”(at first attempt).  When approaching still life paintings, she believes that the selection and arrangement of objects reveal the presence of the artist.  In her portraits, she attempts to go beyond the likeness and focuses on the perceived character of the individual.  And, when she is out in nature, she tries to capture the essence of the place—the movement of the sky and water; the character of the rocks, land and trees; the intensity of the colors; and the transience of the light.  Ann draws inspiration from artists like James McNeill Whistler, who prefer to evoke rather than define.  She believes that a painting should not serve simply to showcase the technical prowess of the painter, but instead should allow the viewer to be an integral participant in the realization of the artist’s vision. She has had numerous solo exhibits, and her paintings are in private collections throughout the country and on permanent exhibition in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Department of Justice.

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