Ann Lindsay was born in Chicago and received her formal art training at Pratt Institute in the late 1960s. Upon moving to Petersburgh, New York, in 1970, she established Ann Lindsay Pottery and for 15 years created pieces that were carried in major craft galleries and shops throughout the country. Feeling an increasing need to work more directly in color and to express the beauty she saw in a more representational way, she began to paint during the slow seasons. Studying with Jack Flynn for two years, she made the transition from potter to painter and had her first one-woman show in 1989.
Lindsay's paintings have won awards and been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club and Blue Mountain Gallery in New York as well as in many solo shows throughout the Northeast. She has been teaching art and leading workshops since 1989. In 1998 her book Watercolor: A New Beginning (A Holistic Approach to Painting) was published by Watson-Guptill.