|Birth name||Anne Cecelia Workman|
|Born||April 29, 1938
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
|Influenced by||Karen Vernon,Catharine Brady, Dorothy Greene, Margaret McLaughlin aka Alexander Luke|
Anne Abgott is a Canadian born watercolor artist, now residing in Cortez, Florida and Linville Ridge, North Carolina. She is the author of the book, “Daring Color”, published by North Light Books (ISBN 978-1581808506).
Anne Cecilia Abgott (nee Workman) was born April 29, 1938 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. She is the daughter of Mary and Lloyd Workman. She has a younger sister, Barbara Cassin. Anne grew up in Oshawa, attended Oshawa Collegiate and Vocational Institute, where she excelled in art. She graduated in June 1957.
After attending secretarial school, Anne went to work for General Motors Canada where she met and married Charles Annibal Root. Although Anne began painting in the 1960’s and trained under oil painter Margaret McLaughlin, her “career” was sidetracked when she and Charles started a family. Together they had three children: Kelly Anne (born February 13, 1962); Craig Edward (born September 9, 1966); and Mary Katherine (born June 7, 1970). Charles’ career had the Roots moving frequently—from Oshawa, Ontario to Red Wing, MN in 1965; returning to Oshawa in 1967; and moving again to Buffalo, NY in 1968. They divorced in 1978.
Anne met and later married Al Abgott (1988), who was Chairman and Co-Founder of Partner’s Press in Buffalo. Together they owned a home in Williamsville, NY, not far from Park Country Club. But it was at Buffalo Golf & Country Club where Anne was an avid golfer and paddle tennis player. Her passion for the arts was not lost and she started a career in photography.
Anne and Al purchased a winter home in Cortez, Fl. It was there that Anne developed a love for watercolor painting while attending classes at the Long Boat Key Art Center, in nearby Long Boat Key, Florida. Her years of photography provided subject matter for her early paintings.
After discovering a melanoma, Al Abgott died suddenly in 1998. And not long after Al died, Anne fell in love with Bob Freeman, a widower and retired businessman from Kalamozoo, Michigan. Bob encouraged and helped Anne to fulfill her dream of becoming and being an accomplished artist. Anne and Bob maintain studios in Cortez, Florida and in Linville, North Carolina.
Anne is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, as well as the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. In October 2009, Anne Abgott was named a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
Anne is the past President of the Florida Watercolor Society (2006) () and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and is a long time member of the Board of Directors of ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton, Florida.() She chairs their Education Department.
Anne teaches workshops all over the United States and Canada. Her workshop and class schedule can be found on her web site www.anneabgott.com .
In addition to teaching watercolor classes at ArtCenter Manatee and Art Center Sarasota, Anne spends much of her time preparing for art exhibitions and juried competitions. Awards since 2006 include 12 Best in Show and 1st Prizes, as well as over 35 other awards including;
Finalist in "International Artist" magazine "Objects of Delight"
Honorable Mention for her painting, Rendezvous With Jack. Virginia Highlands Festival (2003)
People's Choice Award at the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition. (2007)
First prize in the Florida Suncoast Waterclor Society Show (November 2008).
Art Points Net Award at the 60th Texas Watercolor Society National Juried Exhibition (2009).
Daring Color: Mix and Mingle Watercolor on Your
Paper, by Anne Abgott
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: North Light Books (July 6, 2007)
Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society
Philadelphia Watercolor Society
A transparent obsession with Color, article in Bradenton Times, Wednesday, September 23, 2009 
Florida Watercolor Society
ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton,Florida
Anne Abgott website