Ann Eby makes abstract paintings to interpret her visual interactions with her everyday environment. As a self-proclaimed romantic without the sentimental twist, Eby uses the canvas to render fanciful surveys of her often foggy, urban surroundings melding with the nearby ocean, tress and hilltops. She selects handmade papers from her vast collection to build layer upon layer with acrylic paint. The result gives way to nonobjective forms that are more poetry than prose.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, art was central to Eby's upbringing. Her mother and maternal grandmother were both artists, and materials were abundant for creative exploration. She pursued a degree in studio art from Rockford College. Upon moving to California in the ‘70s, Eby earned an M.A. in creative art therapy. For many years, she worked in hospitals as an Activities Therapist and Volunteer Coordinator. She now paints full time in her studio in the Outer Sunset District in San Francisco.