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Newby was born into a family of artists who moved to Wyoming when she was 12. From the day she could hold a pencil she was encouraged in her creative efforts and as drawing continued, horses dominated her paper. Equines were her first love, though her interests have broadened since childhood. "Observing the handiwork of God all around me is a constant source of delight and inspiration." says Newby.
Being the daughter of an artist, Newby had her own personal tutor and by age 16 her first painting had sold. She apprenticed with her Father, internationally renowned artist, Jonathan La Benne, better known as “The Bear Man”. This included many different facets of art. Among them… painting in acrylics, two dimensional wood carving reliefs, and three dimensional wood sculptures. Newby grew up schooling, working and traveling with her family. Often working for wildlife parks the family was allowed backstage access to the animals including handling and studying young bear cubs. In this environment she has had the privilege of culminating her creativity and gathering resources and inspirations from these life experiences.
She has also traveled to New Mexico to learn clay sculpting with bronze artist, Chris Navarro.
Newby's painting education has been a combination of independent studies and workshops by various artists. Her artworks are being collected by buyers across the U.S. and Europe. Her Acrylic on linen painting, "Sunny Siesta" of a mule deer buck won the Wyoming Game and Fish Stamp Competition for 2019. The Original painting is on permanent public display at the Cheyenne Game and Fish Office and was reproduced on the 2019 collector's conservation stamps.
Newby resides in beautiful, western Wyoming with her husband, Dave and daughters, Kayla and Victoria.
“A SPARKLE OF LIFE”
A sparkle of life, a gleam in the eye,
Rays of the sun christening the sky…
Deep searching blues in rivers below,
Mountains majestic with fresh fallen snow.
The scream of an eagle piercing the air,
Such marvelous pictures how can I not share?
Such spectrum of colors and awe striking scenes;
Galloping horses and glistening streams
To open my eyes and take in the sights
Floods me with wonder and so with delight
I take up my paintbrush admiring the One
Whose handiwork shines, bright as the sun.
No one can match the extent of His hand,
When He touches canvas the outcome is grand!
My hope and desire, the dream of my life
Is to be a reflection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
by Ann Newby © 2006