About me

Encounters in the Wild:
Painting the Critters and People of the Southwest.

Read my Artist statement or find out more about my Vita or myBio.

Artist statementans taylor artist oil painting

‘Delight is incomplete till it is expressed’ C.S. Lewis

I’m a figurative painter from Europe living in Arizona. The formidable landscapes of the Southwest provide an invigorating setting for my explorations. My favorite topic is ‘Encouters in the Wild’: while immersing myself in nature hiking and painting, the real highlights are experiences with my local protagonists, the critters that have made this wilderness their home. In my paintings the human part of these Encounters is engaged by my models.
I have always been intrigued by capturing the human face, character, pose, and interaction between people, or between people and animals. My paintings give me the opportunity to combine fascinating personalities with the amazing aspects of our Southwest surroundings.
I am using tools from my illustrative background, plein air painting, live model sessions and my own photo references to mingle the subjects of my desired compositions freely. My preferred medium is oil.
I am most happy when I’m surrounded by nature.  As a Christian I believe that behind the beauties in everyday life wait the profound truths that humans can’t exist without.


1996 graduate Fine Art FOS Würzburg, Germany.

1998-2008 media designer and illustrator Frontsight GbR / A&W Group, freelance design (Gießen and Heidelberg, Germany). Regular publications in various magazines, published two comic magazines.

2008-2018: Tattoo artist in Heidelberg/Germany, Kansas City/MO, Seattle/WA, Tokyo/Japan and Prescott/Arizona. Shows in FRA/Germany, Seattle, Singapore, Bangkok, Thailand.

Fine Art Exhibitions:
2019 – GPEC Phoenix ‘Arizona on Display’ show Febuary-March
2018 – Artist Studio Tour Prescott, October 4-7, MAG
2018 – ‘Wild Wild West’, Mountain Artist Guild Prescott
2017 – ‘Fall for the Arts’, juried Show Prescott Valley Artist Guild
2017 – ‘America the beautiful’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott
2017- Yavapai County Fair Art Show
2017 – ‘Naturally Wild’ Show Mountain Artist Guild Prescott
2017 -‘Holiday Show’ Mountain Artist Guild Prescott

2017 – Best Of Show, Fall For the Arts, Prescott Valley Art Guild

Member of the following organizations:
Oil Painters Of America
American Women Artists
Arizona Plein Air Painters
Mountain Artist Guild Prescott


Ans was born and raised in pretty Bavaria, Germany. She worked as an illustrator and media designer, layouting and drawing comics. She exhibited her art and two comic collections at conventions throughout the country.
Later she decided to transfer her designs to skin. She apprenticed as tattoo artist in a renowned shop in Heidelberg. In this quaint old town she also met her husband, an US Army officer stationed in Germany. They got married in Indiana and moved with the military from Germany to Missouri, then to Seattle. In Washington Ans fell in love with the mountains and the untouched wilderness.
Their next stop took them to Tokyo, Japan, where Ans spent 2 1/2 years working in a Japanese studio and exploring the culture. Ans had a chance to organize cultural events with a Japanese friend and film maker and the legendary artist Horiyoshi III, summited Mount Fuji and learned martial arts.
Also, very unexpectedly, she found herself called to be a Christian. Her faith brought a new focus point to her love and appreciation for both nature and fellow human beings, and with that, to her art.
They came back to the US and settled in Prescott, Arizona. In this beautiful and laid back small town Ans now enjoys pouring her time and energy into canvas and paint.