Wire tree sculptor Ann Preston, who has lived in many areas of the country, now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In each place she has lived, a signature style of tree was conceived: the windswept desert dwellers, the coastal storm survivors and the majestic old growth hardwoods.
As a Wisconsin native, Ann learned to love the natural grace and beauty of trees from her maternal grandmother. Her sculptures reflect her life’s journey, including their inception after a stroke (when she was 28) which left her with diminished use of her hands. At that point her rock collection became the base (literally) of her creations and therapy. .
It is her hope that her sculptures will bring back a “happy childhood memory” or the memory of a time “when you looked up, reached up and kept on growing”.
Live Wire is an ideal name for Ann Preston’s beautiful, intricate artwork. Her sculpted wire trees really do give the impression of being live bonsai trees at first glance. Their verisimilitude is no accident, though; as a child, her grandmother taught her the names and characteristics of Wisconsin hardwoods, and she’s been inspired by a wide variety of tree species since then. “My tree sculptures depict trees that have spoken to me in my travels,” she explained. “I place them on bases that reflect their natural environment: rock, driftwood, and occasionally glass.”
Ann currently lives in the Green Bay/Door County area where, in addition to being a mother and grandmother, she’s also a teacher, tutor, and small business owner as well as a sculptor.