Originally from Gary, Indiana, Anne moved to the Bay Area as a teenager. UC Davis was her first choice for college. Davis was a good fit; it has been her home for the last 40 years. She has a B.A. in English and a teaching credential from UCD and has worked as a Realtor since 1978.
Although she has periodically taken art classes, it is only in the last eight years that she has focused her attention on creating art. Her choice of subjects is usually inspired by nature, ranging from vineyards and rolling hillsides to imagined combinations of sea and sky.
Having experience in various mediums, it was Anne’s color theory teacher who observed that she was trying to move acrylic paint as if it were oils. Anne’s next class was in oils, and she quickly felt at home. “I love the texture, colors, smell of oils- all of it.” When a teacher suggested that she enter a student show at the Kondos Gallery, Anne was hesitant. She was busy drawing and painting, but until then had never thought of exhibiting. She entered the show, and her painting of a stormy coastal setting became her first sale.
Since then, Anne has had pieces juried into local gallery exhibitions, and her work is in both corporate as well as private collections. Having served on the Pence Board of Directors for nine years, she is currently on the I House Art Committee. This experience has given her a greater appreciation for the business and development side of galleries. For the last three years, Anne has opened her studio to visitors for the the Davis Artists Studio Tour. Presenting painting workshops at the Davis Arts center reminds her of the supportive instructors she has been fortunate to learn from, such as David Hollowell, Sarah Waldron, and Philippe Gandiol.
Recently, Anne changed from painting on canvas to using thick, birch panels made in Oregon
Painting on wood, prepared with a minimum of five layers of surface preparation before the first stroke of color, seems well suited to her subjects. Carefully selected patterns of light, value, and color move the eye through Anne’s work, creating a sense of light and space.