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Visit the Whimsical West of Ans Carnes! 

I’m a figurative oil painter from Germany living in Arizona. I love to blend realistic detail with dynamic brush strokes.  My current work includes the Helos series of large-format contemporary hummingbird portraits. These 3-5 foot paintings combine both still and forceful elements, contrasting focus and movement. I’m working with intricate features as well as bold and energetic marks and employ wet-in-wet as well as glazing and layering to achieve the desired painting.  

Experimenting with luminous layers I ventured from traditionally glazed oil paints to levels of painted layers on separated substrates. Two years ago I then explored a new technique to translate these colorful hummingbird paintings into sculptures using a unique mix of plexiglass, acrylic coating, metal, and other materials. My bright, semi-transparent sculptures have become my little show stoppers and can be seen in person at Arts Prescott gallery as well as during the Arizona Fine Art Expo January through March.  A side project of mine features the ‘Cactus Queen’ series, portraying local models and wildlife in whimsical settings. Another playful approach is taken with the ,‘High Tide at High Noon’ series, where I’ve decided to set the desert under water (ever noticed how similar the Sonoran desert plant life looks to coral reefs?)


Ans was born in Germany and lived and pursued art on three continents, until she moved to Arizona in 2016.

Before pursuing oil painting and sculpting on a professional level she had worked as an illustrator and media designer, layouting and drawing comics after finishing art school. Later she decided to transfer her designs to skin. She worked as a tattoo artist in Heidelberg, Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and at conventions around the world. She lived in various US states and Tokyo, Japan. Visiting Singapore and Thailand as well as the rich cultural exhibitions of Tokyo and learning from her local fellow artist friends proved to be an invigorating experience.

Also, very unexpectedly, in Japan she found herself called to be a Christian. Her faith brought a new focus point to her love and appreciation for both nature and fellow human beings, and with that, to her art.Coming back to the US she settled in Prescott, Arizona. In this beautiful and laid back small town Ans now enjoys pouring her time and energy into canvas and paint.


Fine Art Exhibitions: 

2023 - Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale  Phoenix January-March 2023 

2022- Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale  Phoenix January-March 2022

2022- Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Prescott AZ, May 2022

2021- Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour, Carefree AZ, Nov 2021

2021- Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Prescott AZ, May 2021

2021- Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale  Phoenix January-March 2021

2019 – Oct 1-30, Spotlight Room solo show “Cactus Queens II” MAG gallery Prescott

2020- Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale, Phoenix January 11- March 22

2019 – Oct 1-30, Spotlight Room solo show “Cactus Queens” October 1-30, MAG gallery Prescott

2019 – Artist Studio Tour Prescott, Oct 2-4 Prescott MAG

2019 – GPEC Phoenix ‘Arizona on Display’ show Febuary-March

2019 – April: Featured Artist at “Random Art’ Prescott

2019 – June 15: 1st Congr Church Prc Festival of the Arts

2019 – March-July Show participation at MAG

2018 – Artist Studio Tour Prescott, October 4-7, MAG

2018 – ‘Wild Wild West’, Mountain Artist Guild Prescott

2017 – ‘Fall for the Arts’, juried Show Prescott Valley Artist Guild

2017 – ‘America the beautiful’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott

2017- Yavapai County Fair Art Show2017 – ‘Naturally Wild’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott

2017 -‘Holiday Show’ Mountain Artist Guild Prescott 


2020- Best of Show for Helos:Audacity at Prescott MAG Gallery

2019 -June/July Third Place for ‘Rain Dance’ Prescott MAG Gallery

2019 – May/June Best of Show for ‘Rahab’ Prescott MAG Gallery

2019 – March/April Best of Show for ‘Impulse’ Prescott MAG Gallery

2017 – Best Of Show, Fall For the Arts, Prescott Valley Art Guild

Member of the following organizations:

Oil Painters Of AmericaAmerican Women ArtistsSonoran Arts League

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