Awards Judge: Ann Larsen

Ann Larsen was born in Louisville, Kentucky and began traveling and living throughout the United States at the age of 18.  Having studied at Indiana University, the Rhode Island School of Design and finally receiving a Bachelor of Art degree while living in Oklahoma, her family relocated to Denver where for the next 5 years she painted across the west from Colorado to California. Her love of landscape continued for the next 20 years while living in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Although, living in a beautiful part of the country, where plein air painting is a challenge almost any time of year, Ann also spends time painting on the coast of Maine and Massachusetts.  One of her most memorable trips was a week of painting on iconic Monhegan Island, Maine. She states that, “being able to walk in the footsteps of some of the country’s greatest painters was incredibly inspiring.”