Ann Bolster is a retired English as a Second Language teacher and the wife of an American diplomat. She has lived in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe and continues to travel extensively. Her time overseas has given her an appreciation of the beauty of natural dyes and pigments used in old textiles, carpets and paintings. She likes to use these rich earth and jewel tones in her own works in oil and sometimes enriches them further with the use of gold, silver or copper leaf details. This technique is sometimes used in her paintings of cats (domestic and wild), foxes, wolves and other wildlife and in her paintings of angels. Her love of color is also evident in her still lifes and landscapes. Her landscapes are often given a brooding quality because of her use of blues, deep reds, greens and purples. While working primarily in oil, she also uses acrylic, mixed media and collage techniques.
Ms. Bolster has studied with Jane McElvany Coonce and Shirley Blanchard and has taken workshops with Walt Bartman, Robert Johnson and others. She is a member of the Arlington Artists Alliance and the McLean Art Society. Her works are shown in various venues in Northern Virginia and are in private collections.