Born in Chicago, but raised in Flint, Michigan, Anni Crouter started painting and drawing before she could read or write. Soon after relocating to Michigan in 1965, this natural ability caught notice by her mother and both grandmothers who encouraged her to express herself. Life on a farm in rural Michigan, with a father who was a veterinarian, lent itself to many inspiring subjects including horses, barn cats, dogs, birds and other wild and domesticated animals. Many of these subjects still remain her favorites to paint.
Following school, she attended Mott Community College (Flint, MI) majoring in business, with a minor in art. Her artwork mainly focused on oil, and sometimes, acrylic mediums. Crediting her longtime mentor, Jim Ames, AWS, Anni’s big breakthrough came with an introduction to the world of watercolors. Under his guidance her knowledge in art theory and artistic abilities continually progressed. Her work can be seen in national and international trade journals, art galleries, and businesses in several states, as well as the homes of private collectors.
Anni married Dr. Nathan Boggs, DVM, in 2001 and they currently reside in Flint, MI. She shares space at her husband’s Flint practice – he fixes the animals on the ground floor and she paints them in the 2nd floor studio above. It seems when you love your subjects so much, you make sure to be around them as much as possible.