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Annie Jacquemet, who lives in Concord, closed her psychotherapy practice in 2008 and began watercolor classes right away. Some of her favorite artists include post-Impressionists such as Norwegian painter Severin Kryoer (1851–1909), Swedish painter Anders Zorn (1860–1920) and Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863–1923). Prior to the pandemic she visited Sorolla’s Madrid home, which is now a museum of his work. Each of these painters has a unique way of treating light in their work which she admires and finds fascinating. Jacquemet’s husband, Michael Barrington, travels around the world in aid of humanitarian causes, always returning with photographs of his projects. Often these serve as models for her portraits. You will see portraits of people of all ages from the USA. to Guatemala to Ethiopia, Ghana and Japan.

She enjoys taking classes with Patsy Taylor and Gary Bergren at the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts. “I work at loosening up my brushwork and keeping my mind and eyes open,” says Jacquemet. Projecting emotions and feelings through her work to show that she cares about people is her goal. In her statement paintings, her intention is to denounce injustice. One look at Ruth Bader Ginsberg's level gaze in RBG, her 11” x 14” oil painting, tells quite a story.

The Art Gallery at Wilder is managed by the Lamorinda Arts Council and is located in the Wilder Art & Garden Center at20 Orinda Fields Lane in Orinda. Due to the Pandemic it is currently closed.

Also visit the artist's website at

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