Ann Ranlett, MSA is an artist and illustrator specializing in pet/animal portraits and nature subjects rendered in scratchboard (Scratchbord). She accepts commissions for pet and animal portraits and enjoys working with devoted owners and their beloved animals. Ann is also a photographer looking for unique perspectives of the natural world.
A graduate of CSU, Sacramento, with a bachelor's degree in biology, Ann is a Master member (MSA) of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, and a Member with Distinction of American Women Artists.
Ann's art has won awards and is recognized at national and international levels. Four of her drawings have received Open division "Awards of Excellence" in past ISSA Exhibitions; Safety received a "Silver Award" in the Master division in 2017, and Let's Go! received the "Gold Award" in the master division in 2018. In 2015, her scratchboard drawing of a Boston terrier was licensed for use as a decal option on Suzuki Alto cars in Japan. Ann was one of the featured artists in the Fine Art Exhibit building for 3 days during the run of the 2015 California State Fair and two days during the 2016 State Fair, where she demonstrated scratchboard. Her scratchboard works received awards in the State Fair Fine Art Exhibition in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Each year, Sacramento Zoo staff commissions Ann's pen and ink drawings on ostrich eggs for awards and gifts. She is honored that one of those eggs is in the collection of actress Betty White.
Ann also teaches scratchboard workshops and was a featured presenter at the 2012-2014 and 2018 ISSA events. At the 2019 ISSA event, Ann discussed her three collaborative Claybord projects with RodMan, MSA.
Ann and her husband (also a biologist), live in rural Newcastle, California, where they’ve landscaped with an emphasis on native plants and wildlife habitat. They share their lives with Arrow the Chihuahua mix and Clark the Border Collie.
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