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Ann Lee Fuller, “Gem in a Black Box IV”, Oil on cradled wood panel,  11″ x “11,  $350.

Ann Lee Fuller

Ann Lee Fuller’s work might be viewed as a combination of literal and abstract, a meeting of contrasts. The paintings are inspired by the intrinsic abstraction of the sky with its unique moments of light, layer, and color. For her, the sky is a metaphor for time, as each moment has never happened before and will never happen again. Ms. Fuller’s aim is to stir feelings of longing, promise, and the passage of time, while her process has become a response to color, suggesting rather than spelling out detail. Her paintings have been called “dream-like,” composed of generous skies, mist, shrouded mountains, and low horizons. None of the works are of actual places. They are bits and pieces of observation stored in her mind’s eye. She is strictly a studio painter and often can get so deep into the work that she lose all perspective about whether it’s good or not, whipsawing back and forth between the extremes. Ms. Fuller may walk past a painting in progress and shield her eyes so she doesn’t have to look at it, and won’t spend hours changing something that I might regret and want to change back again tomorrow. Other times she will sneak up on it for a look, as if the painting would somehow change if she approached it directly, or she could surprise herself and see it anew, deciding then if she liked it. Ms. Fuller has not always been a painter. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Keuka College where she was trained in the classical style of painting, she became a Kindergarten teacher. Later, she studied illustration and design at The Corcoran College of Arts in Washington DC, and digital painting at the Pratt Center for Computer Graphics in New York. In the early 1970’s, she began a career in Graphic Design starting as an “apprentice”. Eventually she became Vice President, Director of Graphic Design at Fulton & Partners Inc. and the Design Director of ID Magazine in New York where she worked from 1973 to 1987 before founding Fuller Design Inc. Mr. Fuller’s work has been cited for excellence by The Society of Illustrators, American Institute of Graphic Arts, “The New York Times”, “Communication Arts Magazine”, “Print Magazine”, and the New York Art Directors Club among others.