Annie Musgrove studied Geography at Cambridge and spent many years teaching students to understand the effect of geology and the forces of erosion and weathering on the landscapes around them. She continued to draw and paint whenever and wherever she could; taking drawing courses at Bristol School of Art and short painting courses at Newlyn School of Art. She has recently reduced her teaching load and is able to devote more time to developing her practice. Last year she had a series of successful exhibitions in Somerset and regularly exhibits at the Ginger Fig Gallery in Taunton and Art on the Quay in Topsham. Her work has also been shown on the Guardian Witness online gallery and she was Artist of the Month with Somerset Contemporary Arts Network.
After living in different parts of the world Annie has made her home on the Somerset-Devon border. This forgotten rural landscape is the inspiration for much of her work. She delights in painting the landscape that surrounds her conveying the mood of different seasons and times of day. Her practice is grounded in the work of Joan Eardley, Kurt Jackson and Neil Pinkett and balances the experience of the landscape with a sense of place and location.
Annie works mostly in oil on board adding layers to build up a depth to her work. In her paintings of the north Somerset coastline between Minehead and Blue Anchor Bay she expresses the interplay of light on water and wet sand and rock formations. Her understanding of meteorology, wind and wave patterns, geology and the forces of nature that shape the landscape and coastline give her paintings an added resonance.