I have always thought in color, line, shadow, empty and positive spaces. My observations are magnifications, not panoramic views.  

I map the Earth on canvas and paper in an attempt to answer questions about the importance of green and urban space, climate, sound, structure, light and water and our own not insignificant footprint.

The hard and soft lines of these compositions are an attempt to begin the story. The brush, paint, and palette knife move the story in its own direction, one that flows outward to reach the viewers’ life experiences.


Ann Vandervelde utilizes the incredible systems of the Earth to process with paint the way composers create highly involved movements in music. Fascinated by capturing that dynamic feeling of sound in visual art, Vandervelde allows her use of acrylic paint, oil pastels and paper to take form the resiliency and destruction of our planet. She magnetizes maps “in an attempt to answer questions about the importance of green and urban space, climate, sound, structure, light and water and our own not insignificant footprint.” What results are gestural interpretations of the vast array of natural and unnatural activity in our environment, where central cavities of color and fast-paced mark-making are surrounded and overlapped by light fields of neutrality. The lightness and lively colors are offset by voids of darkness where true black is used, as if suggesting something like the incomprehensible power and depth of a black hole.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ann Vandervelde began her art education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and went on to get her Master’s in Education from Penn State University. She now lives in Seattle, Washington where she’s surrounded by water and encouragement to create art inspired by our natural environment.



Masters of Education, Penn State University, State College, PA

Post Graduate Work - Media, New York University/University of London, UK

B.S. in Fine Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Toast!", Lafontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

Childhood's End Gallery, Olympia, WA
Juried Exhibition, Matzke Art Gallery, Camano Island, WA

Burien Art Gallery, Burien, WA
Matzke Art Gallery, Camano Island, WA

A Pool of Life Reflecting Water, Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC
Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA
Deep Geography – Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition – Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

Interpreting Climate Change, Juried Exhibit – Department of Ecology, University of Washington, WA
EAFA, Juried Exhibition, The Design Center, Seattle

Evans Sculpture Gallery, Nantucket, MA

The Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Broderick Gallery, Portland OR
Fiori Gallery, Cleveland,
OH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Loch Haven State University Museum, PA
Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
Museum of Art, Roanoke, PA
National Watercolor Society, PA
National Watercolor Society, CA
Women's Center, Jacksonville, FL


This World is Maya, composition for quartet with electric soundscape by composer Janika Vandervelde, St. Paul, MN
Glass and Paintings by McJunkin and Vandervelde, GBD Architects, Portland, OR

Narrating Earth, Burien Arts Association, Burien WA
Glass/Metal, Poetry, Paintings of McJunkin, White, McDuffie, Vandervelde, Karla Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, WA
Itinerant--Works inspired by the World, Bellingham Gallery, WA
Harmonics, The Hamlet, Lopez Island, WA
Group show, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

Unbalanced Nature-Collaboration of Glass, Poetry, Painting, Orcas Island Art Center, Eastsound, WA

IDeep Geography, Gallery IMA, Writers’ Craft, Seattle Public Library

Harmonics, The Whiteley Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2 person exhibit, Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2 person exhibit, Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Gallery 110 Annual Juried International Show, Seattle, WA

Whiteley Resident Scholar, University of Washington, WA


Collaborative Exhibit: Readings of poetry works by Anne McDuffie written to interpret glass (Lin McJunkin/Scot Milo) and paintings (Ann Vandervelde), Matzke Gallery, Camano Island, WA

Harmonics - Art Accessible to All, Exhibition at The Hamlet (unique small homes for retired, fixed income families) Lopez Island, WA

Art and Poetry for Special Populations, “Design A Life” Conference Speaker, Cleveland State University, OH

The Inner Eye: Paintings and Their Perceptions, International Diabetes Conference, Alexandria, Egypt


“Hera and Hebe", Poems and Paintings, Evalyn Vandervelde & Ann Vandervelde

Discoveries 2013 (cover art), University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Annual Journal