Ann Cox Strub always had two loves: theater and graphic art. During her years at Newcomb College, theater became her “great passion”. But all of her electives were in the Newcomb studio art classes with Hal Carney. She worked professionally in theater for about thirty years as an actress, director, teacher… When Ann reached 50 years old, she realized she was burned out with theater and enrolled in the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art for eight years and the rest is history.
Strub’s bold paintings continue her dramatic flair, – the simplified forms, exciting graphics and vivid color palette. It is quite contemporary with its flattening of form and bold black outlines. She inspired by a family photograph album from the 1920’s.
I enjoy working with small, indistinct (hazy) old photos because they only give me a gesture, a mood, a texture that lets me do my own interpretation of that image. I am always looking for drama, movement and strong attitude in photos and in life to set my muse in motion.