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Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the first of only two Canadian women to achieve Signature status in the American Watercolor Society ( NY), Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society ( LA), and an international award winner

`My paintings reflect my love of wandering, be it a trail near by or a country afar. The wonder of observing the familiar as well as the unknown is the attraction. Not having an itinerary helps.

The force behind my images is the same strong desire to explore without a plan. Preconceived thought interferes with the process. I try to follow or read the paint one step at a time while I am led to some new unknown place. The images end by being multi- layered and semi- abstract.

My philosophy is summed up neatly by Napoleon: `A man who knows where he is going will never get very far`.

Artist who have influenced my art knowledge are: Afro, Nicolas de Stael, Thomas Wilson, Edward Betts, Jack Shadbolt and Leonard Brooks.` Ann Zielinski.

Ann Zielinski has been the juror for local, provincial and international exhibitions and conducts workshops throughout the province. She has also been published in a variety of books and art magazines.

She has been honoured with many awards including: Bronze Medal of Honor at AWS Annual in NY, two awards at the Knickerbocker National Show in Washington D.C., the Jules Kulburg Award at the NWWS International Show, Seattle,WA, 1st at the FCA Oil and Acrylic Show, Vancouver and 2nd at the International Napa Valley Store Open Competition, CA.

Professional painting began for Ann many years ago. She was fortunate to have some instruction and critiques from one of Canada's foremost artists, Jack Shadbolt. Jack was instrumental in helping her set a higher and more universal artistic goal.

Zielinski maintains a studio on Hornby Island which is surrounded by her garden, the ocean. sandstone beaches and forests. Being close to nature is an important influence on her paintings.

`In a low-key colour palette, Zielinski gives us glimpses of her beautiful world: the furrows of sand left by the tide, layers of sandstone rock formations, sea urchins, tide pools and fragments of seashells. The paintings are modernist in style and scope.` by Mia Johnson. Preview Magazine, March 2006.


AWS Bronze Medal of Honor, New York, NY
2nd, FCA Watermedia Show, Vancouver, BC
Ephrata Purchase Award, Washington DC
Award of Honor, Knickerbocker Artists, Washington DC
Jules Kulberg Award, Norhtwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, WA
1st, Oil & Acrylic Show, Vancouver, BC
2nd, Napa Valley Art Store Open Competition, CA
1st, Watermedia Show, Vancouver, BC
Hon. Mention, Oil & Acrylic Show, Vancouver, BC
2 Hon. Mentions, Winter Show, Vancouver, BC
1st, Watercolor/ Pastel, Comox Vallery Arts Council, Courtenay, BC


  • Painting Textures - The Best of Watercolour, Rockport Press 1997
  • The Best of Watercolor, Rockport Press 1997
  • International Artist Magazine April/ May 1999
  • International Artist Magazine Feb/ March 2000
  • Design and Composition Secrets of Professional Artists, International Artist Publishing Inc. 2001
  • Preview Magazine. 2006


2016 Two BC Artists Show. Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015 Federation of Canadian Artists. 75th Anniversary Exhibition.
2014 Two BC Artists Show. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2013 SPLASH. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2012 SPLASH. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2012 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2011 SPLASH. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2011 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2010 SPLASH. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2010 Solo Show. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vnacouver, BC
2009 SPLASH. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2008 Solo Exhibition. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2007 Splash. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2007 Solo Exhibition. Kurbatoff Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2006 Splash. Live Art Auction. Vancouver, BC
2006 Solo Exhibition. Kurbatoff Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2005 Solo Exhibition, Gallery 223, Nanaimo, BC
2004 Group Show, Federation Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2002 Paint by Numbers. Federation Gallery. Vancouver, BC
2001 Pieces of Eight, Group Show, Federation Gallery. Vancouver BC
2000 Solo Exhibition. Marshall Clark Galleries. Tsawwassen, BC
2000 Pieces of Eight, Group Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC
1999 American Watercolor Society 132nd International, New York, USA
1998 American Watercolor Society 131st Annual, New York, USA
1996 American Watercolor Society 129th Annual, New York, USA
1995 National Watercolor Society Travel Show - touring the USA for one year
1994 National Watercolor Society Annual, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1993 Knickerbocker Artists National Show, Washington DC
1993 Australian Watercolour Institute, Sidney, Australia
1993 NWWS National Annual Show, Seattle WA, USA
1993 FCA Annual Oil & Acrylics, Vancouver BC
1993 Solo Show, Arts Alliance, Courtenay BC
1992 Solo Exhibition, Hornby Island BC
1992 FCA Comox Traveling Show, touring BC
1992 FCA Annual Watermedia Show, Vancouver BC
1991 FCA Oil & Acrylic , Vancouver BC
1991 Solo Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver BC
1990 FCA Annual Winter Show, Vancouver BC
1990 WCWC Robson Bight Artist Exhibition & Auction
1989 FCA Traveling Show, touring BC
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