Ann Mathewson Howes died peacefully on Dec. 26, 2019, at her home in West Tisbury. She was 82 and was a well-known watercolorist on the Vineyard.

She showed her award-winning paintings at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, the All Island Art Show in Oak Bluffs and the Night Heron Art Gallery in Vineyard Haven. She was a regular art exhibitor at the Vineyard Artisans Festivals in West Tisbury and was on the board of directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association. Ann loved teaching inspiring workshops all over the Island.

While living in King of Prussia, Pa., she was a member of the Upper Merion Cultural Center near her home and was on the faculty at the Greater Norristown Art League as well as the Wayne Art Center where she taught numerous watercolor workshops. She exhibited in art shows throughout the area and participated in the annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show that showcased artists throughout the region. She twice designed Christmas cards for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Cancer Society, helping the Society earn more than $300,000 for cancer research. She achieved signature memberships into many prestigious

watercolor associations, including the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Water Color Society, American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

Ann’s paintings are displayed in homes all over the Vineyard and across the country. She also illustrated a book by Elaine Pace, Island, A Memoir. She traveled to Italy, England and Bermuda taking workshops with fellow artists. Above all, her lovely personality and smile will always be remembered.

She married Theodore C. Howes in 1958 in the West Tisbury Congregational Church. She volunteered at the bass derby and the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair, always involved as her late husband was an avid fisherman and her late mother, Alice Mathewson, formerly ran the Ag Fair. When Ted and Ann retired and moved permanently to the Vineyard, they settled at Kingdom, the property Ann’s parents had bought from the Kings in the 1930s.

She is survived by her son, Theodore C. Howes and his wife; her daughter, Suzanne Howes; one granddaughter, and three cousins, along with their extended families.

Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of Ann’s life at the Howes House in West Tisbury on Feb. 29 at 2 p.m.