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Ann is a Cincinnati-based, abstract expressionist painter. She has a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati.

​Ann’s paintings are abstract interpretations of a memory or feeling, often inspired by landscape. She paints intuitively, each layer leading her to the next, sometimes losing the initial inspiration altogether. She applies many semi-transparent layers of acrylic, building a type of patina. White and whitened colors create illumination, muddier layers create depth, and color is exaggerated. Heavier brushstrokes and drips are layered in. 

Ann is most influenced by Joan Mitchell.



Ann was born in Dayton, Ohio. She was an artist as a child, receiving a scholarship to the Dayton Art Institute early on. Her childhood Saturday mornings were spent in art class. She frequently would pack up her paints and easel, and carry them to the local park to paint, selling her first painting at age 10. Deciding to go for a more practical career, Ann majored in Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a B.S. in Design. With a successful career as a Product Design Director, regular international business travel, and two sons to raise, painting fell by the wayside. Then, with the last son off to college, Ann set up a small easel in her laundry room, picked up a paint brush, and finally began painting again. In 2019 she retired from her day job to become an award-winning full-time artist.


Blink/Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati OH

Panache Gallery, Ogunquit ME


Exhibitions and Awards

Art Comes Alive 2022

Blink Exhibition, Art Design Consultants 2022

Art Comes Alive 2021

DAAP Made 2021

Art Comes Alive 2020

Blink Exhibition, Art Design Consultants 2020

Ohio Art League, Homeworks  Series, December 2020

Ohio Art League, Fall Juried Exhibition 2020

Art Comes Alive 2019, Purchase Award

Blink Exhibition, Art Design Consultants 2019

The View, Rosewood Gallery 2019

Art North 2018

Art Comes Alive 2018

Blink Exhibition, Art Design Consultants 2018

Landscape: Illustrated and Imagined 2018

Art Comes Alive 2017

Art North 2017

Malton Gallery, DAAP Made: the Exhibition 2016

Golden Ticket 2015

Mt Adams Art Walk 2015

Viewpoint 2014



© 2016 Ann Headley.  All rights reserved.

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