I feel differently about my art these days. I’m approaching it from a much more passion filled, fearless place. I watch for and listen for the inner promptings of my muse (imagination). I no longer censor what comes to me. When my unconscious presents me with an idea I put it down on paper in some way, thumbnail, word description, or a completely developed sketch. I think that sends a signal somehow that opens the flood gates of images and ideas. When I first started to do this, I had great difficulty sleeping at night because of the overworking, almost feverishness of my imagination. I think ironically that for a creative person I had been starving that part of myself. And when I finally took my thumb off the valve and allowed my imagination to flow, the pressure had built up to the point that a lot of ideas and images came flooding forth. It was amazing, but for the sake of resting my body properly I’m happy that it’s slowed down to a reasonable pace. Not every idea will end up as a painting, and at first I was very frustrated because I felt that every thing that was presented had to be turned into a painting. I didn’t feel there was ever enough time to do that. I slowly began to realize that it was my job to cull out the best ideas, the ones that really grabbed me and paint those.
I think that story telling is what inspires all the detail in my art. My husband writes fiction for young adults and I think the process is similar to his in that I start drawing and a story starts to present itself and I just listen for it and then add the details that support it. What’s really interesting is that sometimes the details show up before I know what the story will be. In a way I’m returning to my roots as a child. I finally realized that my love of fantasy and fairy tale was more about the stories at that time. I loved the art but mostly because it took me somewhere I’d never been. So I’ve returned home and now I am a teller of tall tales and myths with paint, and happy as the proverbial bug in a rug to be doing it.
Ann Gates Fiser began her art career studying with her mother, internationally recognized artist, BR Gates. She continued her art studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She also has musical interests and received her Bachelor in music composition from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. She was co-art director for Fashion Galleria Magazine, a magazine for the fashion trade industry and designed New Orleans Mardi Gras costumes with a friend. She also illustrated computer game covers for Tandy Corp. and other companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Ann’s murals have been featured numerous times in the Seattle Street of Dreams, Seattle Symphony Houses, The Jr. League of Tacoma’s Decorators’ Show House & Garden Tour,Tableau Magazine, Pacific Northwest Magazine and in various newspaper articles. In the first half of 2007, she painted four murals for The Children’s Museum of Seattle. She has designed and painted theatrical sets for Redmond Second Story Repertory Theater, Redmond, WA for for nine seasons. Godspell, JacquesBrel Is Alive and Living in Paris, The Importance of Being Ernest, Blithe Spirit, The Nightingale, The Frog Prince, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, are just a few of the plays for which she has painted sets.These days she is at last turning her attention to a life-long love of fantasy art to paint the world she envisioned as a child when reading fairy tale books.