Saturday Mar 02 2013 comments Life in Focus: Ann Ranlett By: Kim Palaferri, Auburn Journal Photographer -A +A Wait for it, Wait for it! Magpie, Ann Ranlett’s 11 year old Border Collie, wait’s patiently for theball to be tossed for some exercise. Ann Ranlett, artist from Auburn, teaches her yupo watercolor technique atdemonstration at Placer Arts Building. Ann Ranlett left her biology corporate job to focus on her art carreer that was blossoming with new clients and eventually led into teaching workshops and how-to demonstrations. Ann Ranlett shows how paint flows easily on yupo paper at a recent watercolor demonstration at Placer Arts. Ann Ranlett left her corporate job to focus on her art that led into teaching workshops and performing demonstrations. Arrow, Ann Ranlett's rescue dog, waits for a treat during a training session. Ann Ranlett and her husband John have made it a life pact to only adopt animals from rescue centers like her dog Arrow who came from Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation. Ann Ranlett gives her horse, Bess who is 30 year old a brush down on herhome farm. Ranlett’s uses her pets as her subjects quite often in her art. Much of Ann Ranlett's business comes from commissioned pet portraits. Ten years ago Ann Ranlett wanted to transition from the technical biologyworld into a full time artist so she made it happen. Ranlett creates petportraits that generate commissions and win awards. Ranlett uses photography to capture a pets personality to generate a scratchboard image of the animal. Magpie, Ann Ranlett’s 11 year old Border Collie, wait’s patiently for theball to be tossed for some exercise. Ann Ranlett is busy finishing for her upcoming show, "Down on the Farm", with the Art Can Heal Program at Auburn Sutter Faith Hospital in April. Ann Ranlett turned her passion into a business leaving the corporate worldbehind to create pet portraits on scratchboard. Much of the artists work iscommissioned.