Ann Arnold (1936-2015)

Ann died in December 2015. She had written: "I have painted for as long as I can remember. I attended Epsom School of Art in the fifties and began exhibiting soon after. In 1961, I married Graham Arnold.

When we formed the Ruralists forty years ago, the idea was to live in the country and live as simply as possible and paint for a living.

Each member interpreted this in their own way. In the early 70s, we lived in Devizes, Wiltshire and the countryside was a short walk away.

Later by a series of changes and coincidences, we found ourselves living in the Redlake Valley so we were able to fulfill our need to integrate our life and work into this very strong community amongst these beautiful hills."

Ann lived in the Redlake Valley for 30 years. It was the most important period of her life as a painter. A great deal of Ann's work was directly inspired by the special beauty of the Redlake Valley in all seasons, and in all weathers.

Ann's work has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery, Royal Academy and one man shows at the New Grafton Gallery and the Piccadilly Gallery in London. Her work has also been shown in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and South Africa. The Silk Top Hat Gallery in Ludlow was a frequent venue for Ann's work. She has been widely collected all her life.