Ann Parks McCray

ann-mccrayAnn Parks McCray works in oil on gallery-wrap canvas to create abstractions that capture energy in bold strokes and palette. The influence of her natural surroundings is everywhere present in her work. She often creates abstractions of water, trees, sky, and flowers. Her work allows a wide range of personal interpretation by the viewer and invites contemplation as well as visual pleasure. Many of her paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.

Ann also fashions one-of-a-kind multi-strand art necklaces from semi-precious stones, wood, shell, glass, and antique beads. Marrying beauty with function is a personal goal of hers as is harmonizing space. In her own words: “A person’s visual experience is psychologically and emotionally significant to a positive life experience. The human heart rests in beauty.”

Originally a stoneware potter, Ann completed undergraduate work in studio art at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas, and has painted and beaded for 20 years. In addition to New Elements Gallery in Wilmington, NC, her work is represented at Red Sky Gallery in Charlotte, Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, and The Gallery in Beaufort, S.C. A selection of paintings is available through New Elements Gallery at Cool Sweats, also in Wilmington.

Ann works from her home studio in Wilmington. Learn more about Ann and her work in Wrightsville Beach Magazine’s December 2016 issue.