Hailing from Carmel, California and educated at St Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh, the artist was a devout Roman Catholic, and in later life founded a Guild dedicated to the revival of ecclesiastical art. She studied at St John's Wood School of Art and in New York with the Art Students' League. In 1915 she won a Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition. From 1921-23 her sending-in address was care of J Bourlet (agents) in London, but she was travelling elsewhere, accompanied by her mother who was also an artist.
A review of the St Ives Show Day in 1922 described her as one of the new artists of the colony whose work was likely to stimulate those around her with a deeper sense of regard for painting in the open air. At the 1923 Show Day she exhibited Summer Morning at St Ives, a painting that was to receive a Silver medal at the Paris Salon, and a portrait of Mr Jenner. She exhibited and travelled widely in France, America and Europe, and was admired for her bright palette of colours, influencing the group of painters that introduced fauvism and modernism in the San Francisco area, The Oakland Society.
Pigot's Directory of 1844 records this artist as a portrait painter living in Alverton Street, Penzance. He was born in St Just in Penwith, and married to Mary, living with her and their two sons at Jamaica Place, Madron at the time of 1851 Census.
For biographical detail, see Ann Foster's personal website that contains both illustrations and biographical information related to exhibitions.
Ann lives at Tywardreath, Cornwall and works from her home studio. She has exhibited widely in the county and abroad, and has works in private collections in the UK, USA and the West Indies.
NAG Exhibitor who sold two paintings in 1905 and 1906 respectively, about whom nothing more has yet been found.
A portrait by this artist of the Cornish philanthropist John Passmore EDWARDS (1823-1911) is in the possession of the Passmore Edwards Institute at Hayle, Cornwall. This Institute is one of the twenty benefactions that were funded by the subject in his home county. When serving on the Hayle Herritage Committee she provided designs for a set of commemorative mugs to aid with fund raising.
Foster was born in North Shields, but lived in London from the age of five. He studied as a wood engraver, and spent his early career working on book illustrations (London Illustrated News). In 1858 he took up watercolours, painting rustic subjects in a gentle and nostalgic manner.
Christopher Wood, in a long entry on the artist's work in illustration and painting, remarks that he painted in Surrey and elsewhere, scenes 'peopled with children and milkmaids.' The engraving of St Michael's Mount, upon which this entry to the WCAA index is based, was possibly engraved from his drawing (on wood) by his life-long friend Edmund EVANS with whom he travelled in 1846-47 to produce a series for the Illustrated London News. The series was entitled The Watering Places of England.
Foulds' fifth solo show entitled 'Harbour' was held at the Bay Gallery, Hotel Penzance in June of 2012. A photo of the artist and one of her paintings is shown in the Cornishman, June 14. The brief article also indicates that she has been coming to Cornwall as a visitor for many years, and could recall seeing Barbara HEPWORTH in St Ives at an early age.
'She also has a continuing exhibition of her abstract paintings, 'Valley and Coast' at the Samphire Restaurant, Falmouth, and her work can also be seen at the Cowhouse Gallery, Perran Lane, Perranuthnoe.' (C-man)