Anna Marie was born in Pettigo, Co. Donegal in 1939. Her love of nature and watercolour painting stems from the seed set in her childhood years while living on the family farm. Without doubt, her mother's enthusiasm and constant encouragement of her sketching and painting from a little water colour box of paints has had an enormous and positive influence on her life and career.
Anna Marie was awarded a scholarship to the National College of Art in Kildare Street, Dublin. Her time in Dublin was a wonderful awakening to the world of art and after four years Anna Marie and Olly got married, then moved to Drumfries in Scotland, later to Downpatrick, Co. Down before settling in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Anna Marie has devoted a lot of time teaching the techniques of watercolour through Adult Education Programmes, Art Enterprise Weekend Workshops and privately for many years. She has continuously contributed to the development watercolour painting particularly in the midlands and all the while her reputation as a transparent watercolourist has grown consistently.
She has a record of successful exhibitions with the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Water Colour Society of Ireland as well as solo exhibitions in Kenny's Gallery, Galway, Kilcock Art Gallery and the Old Market House Gallery in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Internationally, Anna Marie has worked with artists in England, Scotland, USA, Canada and Japan. Her paintings are in many public and private collections all over the world.