me2I 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.

Ann has illustrated various books which include the following:
Asher, King of the Stable by Betty Claire Moffatt
The Stars of Childsland by Larry Templeton
When I Go to Bed at Night, by Susan Bassett
The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Dating by Diane Conway
Maternity Dreams- by Cecilia Lance

Published by Chi Wiz Publishers:
Simple Little Pleasures (working title) by Donna Lee
Beatrice and the Magic Garden Hat by Donna Lee
Dragon Days Calendar by Ann Gates Fiser

I welcome comments and questions!

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  1. Thank you for discovering my own blog today. I might not have found yours as quickly were I searching on my own. Your site is a delight and keeps me lingering here and there in it’s pages. I haven’t left yet. Oh, my. Ah, well. It’s a fine place to be. I enjoyed your art for the blog entry “Babysitting”. Your mother’s work is amazing and you seem to have creative bones running all through your body. You’ve found many ways to express it. Your comment about taking your thumb off the valve is so true. I know it’s true, but it took me a long time to get it.

    Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts with us.

    1. Thank you so much for checking me out too (and my Mom). I know that it takes a while to find blogs that we really like and want to spend time on. So I really appreciate having mine be that for you. I too know that in the coming weeks/years that I will enjoy looking/reading at your blog as well. BTW I really like the painting Boy on the Ferry. A really really nice painting. 🙂

  2. Hello Ann thank you very much for stopping by my blog and for following me. I’ve just come to visit but I simply adore you work, I shall look forward to more! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Nina! Your comment and the follow is very much appreciated. I’m really looking forward to your posts especially the ones on inspirational books and authors. and you humor in dealing with things like vaccines.

      1. Haha, well thank you! I will try hard to not disappoint :), and I look forward to more of your art. I’m always interested in art! And I love how you imagination takes you where ever, so I’m excited!

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