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No surface goes untouched when she decides to try something new

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - BIG ON COLOR - Ann Stuller sits with one of her two Papillions, Desirée, in front of a wall in her living room filled mostly with her artwork.One of the most prolific artists in the King City Artists Guild is Ann Stuller, and when she says, "I like to try different things all the time," she really means it.

The prolific artist creates water color paintings, oil-based prints, glass mosaics, paper sculptures, painted scarves, tile trays and trivets, button jewelry, fabric purses and more, and many of her pieces will be for sale at the upcoming Calvin Presbyterian Church's Celebrate the Gifts Art Festival set for Oct. 6 and 7.

Ann's parents came from Sweden, and her home reflects all things Swedish, which her husband Sid appreciates too. They have made numerous trips to Sweden, and both taught French, German and Swedish at Portland Community College; in addition, Sid was the director of the Linfield College Elderhostel program for 15 years, which gave them opportunities to lead Elderhostel trips to Scandinavia.

In addition, Ann, who has a degree in foreign languages from Lewis & Clark College and a master's degree in education, has stayed busy with her artwork starting at a very young age.

"I found a water-color set in a vacant lot when I was 4 years old, and I have been painting every since," she said. "I was raised on a farm, and my dad was a carpenter and builder. My grandma did a lot of handiwork."

Ann follows in the hardworking and charitable footsteps of her ancestors, noting, "What I do is take out enough money for expenses and materials for my work and give the rest to charity.

“I don't want to mess with taxes and the paperwork. I would rather someone enjoy what I created than have it go into lining my pockets.

"However, I sometimes hate to give them up because they become like your children, but then you end up with too many."

Ann said she has been selling her artwork for about 20 years, mostly in King City, and she is participating in the King City Artists Guild Group Show at Concordia University that runs from October through Nov. 9.

Ann and Sid moved into King City in 1988 two doors down from the house they now live in. "We had a two-level condo, and I broke my ankle," she said. "This place was bigger and the perfect solution."

Over the years, Ann has studied and taken many workshops from renowned artists, has participated in juried shows and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

"I get ideas from nature," she said. "I love color and playing with color. I don't paint from a preconceived idea. It just comes naturally."

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