Newcastle resident Ann Ranlett is an award-winning artist who focuses on pet, animal & nature subjects rendered in scratchboard, watercolor, pencil or mixed media. Ann’s scratchboard drawings are finely detailed and realistic. She accepts commissions for pet & animal portraits and nature illustrations. Ann is also a photographer – looking for unique perspectives of the natural world and taking the majority of her own photos for drawing reference.
A graduate of CSU, Sacramento, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Ann is a Master member (MSA) of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and an associate member of both the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and American Women Artists (AWA). At Open Studio and other art-related events, she offers demonstrations of her scratchboard techniques and discusses her work. Ann also teaches scratchboard workshops and has been a featured presenter at the majority of the ISSA workshops to date.
Ann’s love of animals is a large part of her life. She supports a number of local animal rescue organizations and they are often a source of reference photos. She donates a portion of the sales of her art to these groups.