the artist

Anne McLeod grew up in the English Lake District but has lived mostly in rural Ireland, first in Co Limerick, and since 1991 in Co Wexford. Self-taught as an artist, she found her own way with watercolours, discovering for herself its many techniques and thereby creating an individual style and approach. She began painting professionally 30 years ago in Australia where the extraordinary effects of light and shade stirred a painterly instinct in her. She is inspired by a love of her Irish home, with its hills and lanes, its flowers, and its farm animals.

Equally, the use of watercolour on  paper has captivated her, being so simple and natural and yet so demanding 

the medium

a medium. The watercolourist aims to achieve results with a minimum of perfectly judged washes, as paint is laid down in layers from the lightest to the darkest. It is this ‘working backwards’ approach that compels the artist to focus on the negative shapes in the composition, a procedure which she relishes especially.


Anne McLeod was elected to the Watercolour Society of Ireland in 2000, receiving their Dart Award and O’Sullivan Graphics Award at subsequent exhibitions. She exhibits extensively nationwide and her work is in many public and corporate collections.​


Anne teaches regular watercolour classes in Wexford and gives occasional workshops and demonstrations elsewhere, by invitation.

this site

This website is a gallery only. If you wish to see Anne's current work, or commission a piece, please contact her by phone or email.
"Technically exacting watercolourist Anne McLeod is known for her landscape, plant, floral, and animal studies. Beyond her sound sense of colour, her watercolour compositions are complex arragements of light and shade, tonal schemes in which the white of the paper is saved for "the cleanest highlights", requiring great forethought and precision."

​- Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times