Ann Graves Tanksley


A Pittsburgh and New York resident, Ann Tanksley has enjoyed a long and illustrious professional career. A graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh, PA she also studied at the Parsons School of Design, the Printmaking Workshop and the New School for Social Research, all located in New York. Tanskley has studied under many master artists including Norman Lewis, Balcom Green, Sam Rosenberg, Robert Blackburn and Kathy Carracio.

Tanskley depicted everyday people in familiar situations in representational oils, watercolor, and with various print techniques. Her style is simple but effect. She often wrote poetry before she painted. She would write the poetry-which she says she sees in colors as well as words-and then transfer her thoughts and feelings to the canvas.

Like so many women artists, Ann divided her time between being a mother to her two children, a wife and an artist. “Tanksley’s work is embodied with the point of view of women,” wrote Patricia Kelley in SunStorm/FineArt, “who are torn between their past and future, and who express all of the emotions of families in reality – love, hate, anger and forgiveness. She has exhibited throughout the world and her work is included in a variety of anthologies and publications.

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The Smothering Mother, 1971

Oil on Canvas, 29" x 36.5"