Ann Palmer | Profile



About me

I trained as a doctor and worked in the NHS for 35 years, initially as a GP, then trained in Public Health and became Director of Public Health for Medway, then Public Health Consultant for Dartford and Gravesham and Medical Referee at the crematoria in Medway and Maidstone. 

I have three grown up children and seven grandchildren who take up a lot of my spare time.

 I live in Rochester with my husband John, but spend three months of the year in the Loire Valley in France where we have a pretty farmhouse on the edge of the vineyards. I spend a lot of time in the vines painting the skies and changing landscape, and autumn colours. 

My work is influenced by the beautiful Loire Valley chateaux. 

I let our french cottages for holidays and enjoy meeting people from all over the world. 


Our Studio

I paint plein air landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes in Kent and in the Loire Valley where I live; I go out several times a week with my box easel and oil paints.

I am becoming particularly interested in painting sea and skies, inspired by the wonderful Kent Coastline and my visits to Cornwall. My love is oil painting using brush and palette knife as well as pencil, pen and watercolour sketching. 

I work a lot around the chateaux and vineyards in the Loire Valley as well as the countryside and coast in Kent and London. Most of my work comprises plein air palette knife oil painting, often heavy impasto work; recently I have opened a studio in Chatham Arts Centre where I am painting large oil canvases; these are more considered works, initially painted using a brush with impasto palette knife work added afterwards. I have been painting since 2007, I learned at classes held in Rochester, Central St Martins, West Norfolk Arts Centre and by various artists including Bill Newton, Crawfurd Adamson, Alain Bordier and from books, Gallery visits etc. 

However, my inspiration has been mainly through visiting exhibitions and reading. My favourite artists who I believe have had most influence over my work include Turner, Monet, and two contemporary artists - Kurt Jackson – a seascape artist, and Pete Brown – a townscape oil painter. 



  • 2014 Creak Creative, Faversham 
  • 2014 Mall Galleries – Hesketh Hubbard Art Society 
  • 2015 Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall 
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 Pintar Rapido, Chelsea Town Hall 
  • 2015 Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo 
  • 2016 Sutton Valence Rotary Club Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre Gallery 

Solo exhibitions 

  • October 2016 ‘A Sense of Place’, 
  • April 2017 ‘Sea and Vines’ 
  • September 2017 ‘A Breath of Fresh Sea Air’ 
  • Planned solo August 2018 

Permanent displays

  •  Nucleus Arts, Rochester 
  • What If? Gallery, Dartford 
  • Seaside Whitstable Brocante (a monthly market) 
  • Rochester and West Kent Art Society exhibitions in Strood Library, Rochester Adult Centre and Chatham Nucleus Arts and one planned in May 2018 

Future exhibitions

  • Capital Art Gallery, Eltham, 2017
  • SouthEast Open Studios 2016, 2017 
  • Medway Open Studios 2016, 2017 


  • October 2015 Rochester and West Kent Art Society - Joy Short cup for Best in Show I am delighted to have been awarded the Joy Short cup for Best in Show for my oil painting 'Early morning mist in Cher Valley over Montrichard' at the Rochester and West Kent Art Society Autumn Exhibition located in the Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery 
  • July 2017 Pintar Rapido - Heatherley Art School Award for my drawing ‘Waterloo Station’. Five days of Open Studio time donated by Heatherley School of Art. 
  • July 2017 Mall Galleries – Roysl Society of Marine Artists – my plein air palette knife oil painting ‘Whitstable towards Sheppey’ was short listed for exhibition 2017 Nucleus Arts 
  • Two 2 hour presentation / mentoring sessions for the over 55s group 1) urban sketching 2) drawing in Rochester Cathedral 
  • August 2018 Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable – two sessions planned for their visual arts programme in 2018 during my forthcoming solo exhibition -1) talk about painters inspiring my work and 2) leading an evening of exchange/discussion for local artists Chairman of the Rochester and West Kent Art Society 
  • Hesketh Hubbard Society at the Mall Galleries - until recently I was a member of this well known life drawing Society. 



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