Originally from Kansas City, Anita first studied art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum when she was six years old. Anita accumulated her extensive knowledge of the arts initially thru watching her mother in her own art studio. She has paintings in her personal art collection from her maternal grandmother was also an accomplished artist.
Anita trained for three years in the Russian school of painting with Don Sahli who was the last protege of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. She studied at the Art Student League of Denver with Jay Moore and Kim Mackey. Anita also spent time studying classical portraiture with LV Davis at the Boulder Academy of Fine Art. Davis trained for 12 years with Clive Martindale who was John Singer Sargents assistant for the last 19 years of his life.
Anita has shown in galleries across the western United States in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Napa, Vail, Kansas City, Jackson Hole and Denver primarily from 1998-2006. She opened and ran a studio-gallery for 16 years in Denver, CO (2002-2018) with 3 artist partners (Kit Hevron Mahoney, John K. Harrell and Kelly Berger) and as a result reduced her outside gallery representation because of focus on her gallery and lack of inventory for other galleries. The partners closed the gallery in May of 2018 and Anita has been blessed to have continued painting many commissions and participating in select shows.
Anita paints in her Castle Rock, CO studio and her work has been featured in articles numerous times in Southwest Art magazine including Artist to Watch in 2001 and in American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Art of the West and Vail Art Magazine. She is a Founding Emeritus member of Plein Air Artists Colorado and a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the Outdoor Painters Society.
Select Shows & Exhibitions
2012-2022 Settlers West Miniature Show, Tucson, AZ
2021-2023 Coors Western Art Show, Denver, CO
2020-2023 Colorado Governors Invitational Art Show & Sale Loveland Museum Gallery, Loveland, CO
2020 American Women Artists – Making Their Mark at the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
2020 American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2019 Settlers West Summer Show; Tucson, AZ
2002-2022 Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Western Art Show & Sale, Tucson, AZ
2019 Instructors Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
2018, 2020 35th Annual All Colorado Art Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
2002-2018 Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery, LLP, multiple group and solo shows every year.
2017 Pace Center for the Arts Colorado Showcase, Parker, CO
-2007, 2011 Outdoor Painters Society Invitational Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
-2005 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational Winter Park and Estes Park, CO
St. Josephs Hospital, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Colorado State University, Kaiser Permanente, Craig Hospital, Crown Hill Mortuary, Band-It Corporation, The Evergreen Metro District, Medical Center of the Rockies, United Western Bank, Moody Insurance Agency, Max Gill & Grill, OnCURE Medical Corp., Kent Place Denver, Sunrise Senior Living Center, Vail Valley Medical Center Edwards Shaw Cancer Pavilion, UMB Bank, Trailhead Lodge in Steamboat Springs, CO, Silver Cross Hospital, Fuller Sothebys Real Estate; Boulder, CO, Citywide Bank, The Childrens Hospital, SFC Energy Partners, Four Point Energy, University of Colorado Evans Scholar House, University of Oregon Evans Scholar House, Citywide Bank, St. Anthonys Hospital, Denver, CO; Columbine Country Club, Littleton, CO; Castle Pines Golf Club
Select Private Collectors
Jack Nicholson, John Elway, Larry Walker, Mike Hampton