ARTIST BIOGS - Anne Bennison
‘I have always believed in the hand, the eye and the heart’ – David Hockney
Anne was born in Dublin in 1950. As a child she was always drawing and believes line to be the simplest and most economical way of expressing form. After coming to the UK in 1968 she met her husband and the rest as they say is history! Between 1975 and 2004 she was a full time mother to eight children but continued to paint and draw throughout this period of her life. She also made time for adult education classes mainly art based. In 2006, she graduated from Amersham College with a B.A. in Fine Art.
Anne currently tutors at the Queen’s Park Art Centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday mornings. As a tutor, Anne creates a relaxed environment and feels that with guidance this can be very conducive to fulfilling ones creative abilities. She fervently believes that to create something is to set one’s spirit free and gets a lot of personal satisfaction helping students realise their potential. As an artist she is particularly ‘drawn’ to the human face and believes there is a subconscious exchange between sitter and artist in portraiture.
“Anne Bennison has encouraged me to paint and draw. The classes are very informative and easy going. Anne is a great teacher and we hope she continues with us for many more years.” Sandra Ferguson, Bucks
“Anne Bennison provided me with an ideal opportunity to restart my interest in art and drawing. Anne gives reassuring support and help, regardless of the level of competence of the individual. Her style is to be relaxed but full of enthusiam, so it is always a pleasure to attend the sessions she tutors.” Colin Green, Bucks
“I had been painting for years and was getting rather stale. With Anne’s encouragement I was able to move into something more imaginative. One learns from her without being ‘taught’ and she teaches in an unobtrusive and friendly fashion, meeting the needs of the group of people who enjoy each other’s company as well as the shared interests in one another’s artistic efforts.” Edgar Darling, Bucks