Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Farewell to Ann Templeton


My longtime friend and mentor, Ann Templeton, passed away last night after a long bout with cancer.  She steered me on the path to becoming a painter and teacher, and she was an inspiration and guide to many other students and painters, as well.  Ann genuinely loved people and gave much of herself.

Ann also loved color.  Below are some of her paintings.  I'll have more to say about her in days to come, but this is enough for now.










19 comments:

Margo said...

Michael, I'm sorry for your loss.

Diane Cutter said...

Thank you for posting this, Michael. Ann was down here a few years back giving a workshop that a lot of us took and thoroughly enjoyed.

She was warm and sharing and a wonderful teacher, fearless with vivid colors. A lot of us changed our palette due to her. Her 5 minute demo on how to make luminous waves stays imbedded in my mind.

Diane Cutter said...

Thank you for posting this, Michael. Ann was down here in Puerto Rico a few years back and I would venture to say that a number of us changed our palette after the workshop. She was fearless with color... and was warm and sharing, truly caring of other artists regardless of level.

I always thought I'd drop by on one of my frequent New Mexico trips. This is a lesson that things should not be put off... I think of her every time I squeeze out up my transparent orange.

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

I appreciate you sharing. What a magnificent painter.

billspaintingmn said...

Michael, my condolences to you and Ann's family and friends.
Anns paintings are spirited and fun. I'm sure she reached many. You are blessed to have known her.

Battling cancer is a difficult thing.

Anonymous said...

Michael,
I was stunned by this news. I did not know Ann
Templeton but I have long admired her work.
I was hoping to purchase her latest book and perhaps one of her DVDs. I was also thinking that perhaps someday I would be able to be in one of her workshops.
If anything can shake an artist out of their slump to return to the studio it is the passing of an artist who is admired and appreciated. It reminds one that we do not have as much time as we may think that we have.
The days do move on . My condolences on the passing of your friend and mentor.

NJ ART 73

Sara Chambers said...

Ann Templeton was truly a lady and a gifted artist and teacher.

Thank you, Michael, for sharing the news, as sad as it is.

Kathy said...

so sorry to hear about Ann. She was truly a wonderful person and artist. I'm so glad we had her here in Tubac for at least one workshop. I am a proud owner of one of her Tubac paintings.

Sharlette White said...

So sad, I took a workshop at my art teacher's studio in McAlester OK a few years ago from her. Loved her style. I just called my art teacher and told her.They had been painting buds from way back. They had taken classes together when they were starting out years ago.

Chris hadn't heard yet. Thank you for posting.

Brad Perkins said...

Michael,

Sorry to hear this news and for the loss of your friend.

Brad

Mary Pyche said...

I'm sorry to hear that you have lost your friend and mentor. I remember many comments you have made referencing her talent and friendship.

Jeff Fioravanti said...

y sincere and heartfelt sympathies to you and her family, as well as all those she touched in her time on this earth.

Cindy Michaud said...

I, too, enjoyed a week of her teaching and will never forget it. She was definitely "one of a kind." thanks for sharing the sad news.

Barbara Noonan said...

It's so difficult to lose a mentor, a friend, a creative spirit. My heart goes out to you and she is smiling down at all your great work right now saying. "I did a good job with that one". Barb

Ruth Andre said...

I too am very sad for the loss of the great woman and wonderful teacher. Ann was a huge influence for me when I started painting. I am thankful for her wonderful workshops and her sharing ways. Ann is missed.

Nancyjane Huehl said...

This is very sad news, I had the pleasure of meeting Ann in a Forest in the middle of the northern Nebrasaka Sandhills many years ago. With her sincere and and strong advice I never looked back, and I never forgot my time with her that September.

As seen in her work she painted with a keen eye for composition of both form and color- and she was able to freely play the scales of color temps that makes the viewers heart sing.

She will be greatly missed.

Phyllis Steimel said...

I have been thinking about Ann and had not seen or heard anything of her recently. I decided to do a google checkand was stunned to read this news. We have lost an exceptionhal painter, an extraordinary teacher and friend. I treasure the two "Ann Templeton's" I own and will always cherish the three Workshops I had with her.

Beverly Menke said...

Michael, I will always hear Ann's voice in my ear. It was honest and told you what she thought of what you had done. Sometimes quite direct but with her, words had a bit of a tickle in their sound, so you couldn't ever be offended. I remember one day her telling me that one of my mountains looked like a flying saucer, she laughed so hard while she said it. We all laughed hard. I didn't know much about her when I signed up for one of her yearly courses at Ghost Ranch, all I knew is that her work was so beautiful. I was taken by how giving she was as a teacher. No secrets, no holding back. I took my young daughter Alison Menke up into the mountains of Georgia to paint with her and she was impacted by Ann. How lucky we were to meet this woman. She will always remain alive with us. I expect she'll keep guiding us from heaven.

SANTIAGO GUTIERREZ said...

ANN'S USE OF LIGHT COLORS, IS MAGNIFISENT IF NOT BRILIANT. I WANT TO PAINT LIKE HER. I AM SO SORRY, FOR THE PAIN OF HER PASSING. THE ART WORLD HAS SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS. SANTIAGO