Veronica Sauer ’86 Creates New Portrait of Annie Wright

Veronica Sauer ’86, a Seattle-based artist who retains strong ties with Annie Wright Schools, returned to campus last fall and took a tour of the new Upper School for Boys building. Though originally not a proponent of the boys and girls sharing the same campus, she felt strongly about supporting her alma mater and maintaining the history and traditions she and her schoolmates hold so dear. To that end, she thought of Annie, and of art.

After touring the building, Veronica felt something was missing, and that something was Annie. Using her signature style rich with daring color, this time with a nod to the beloved ties of red, green, blue and yellow, she created a new, vibrant rendition of the traditional portrait of Annie Wright that still hangs over the “senior stairs” above the front hall. Like her other portraits, she prioritized shape, shadow, scale and light, using abstract realism to offer a new perspective on Annie’s iconic face.

Inspired by legendary Annie Wright teacher Bev Brown, ​Veronica studied art history in university and traveled around the seminal art museums of Europe, where she was drawn to the vitality of expressionism & fauvism. It was not until after a corporate career and the interruption of her active life by a sports-related accident, however, that she followed her passion for creating her own art. Veronica began with a self-portrait and went on to paint people she admired, was motivated by, or for whom she was thankful.

Veronica’s Annie, hung in the lobby of the new building, honors the history, inspiration and namesake of our beloved institution while capturing a vibrant and bold future, from strength to strength.

Just for Alumni

Capture a piece of this magical painting at Donate $250 to All in for Annie and you will receive a tote bag with this gorgeous image and will also be entered for a drawing to win a framed original by Veronica. Send her your photo or image and she will create a painting using her signature bold colors to commemorate your support for outstanding educational opportunities at Annie Wright Schools.

Choose your size: 14”x18", 16”x20”, 18”x24” or 24”x36” or receive a 35% discount for a larger scale painting. For every $250 donation, win an entry for the drawing. Pledge $1000, and you will receive 4 entries. Visit to see more examples of the artist's work.



Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.