Inspiration comes to me in the light of dawn, a glowing sunset, the gesture of a windblown tree or reflections in smooth waters.

— Debra Nadelhoffer

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Upcoming Workshops

I am teaching class in my studio currently one day a month. If there is enough interest I will schedule one more day for class. June class is scheduled for June 19 from 9:00 - 3:00. We work from photos, sketches and life with a break for lunch. Each student brings their lunch. The time to arrive and leave is flexible depending on when you can arrive or have to leave. Space is limited so this is on a first come basis. Price is $125 for the day. If you want to sign up please contact me at (770) 887-8877 or by email.

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10 months ago
23 - 27 Jul

Studio Workshop

Dahlonega, GA

Demo - July 23rd. Workshop 25 - 27 July.

When Georgia is usually at the hottest time, we will be inside in Dahlonega, GA painting from our sketches and photographs. Anita's Studio is wonderful and a great place to create and learn new techniques in working with your photographs to make them more painterly. Photos will be available if you would like to use others. Email email Anita or call at 706-429-6008.

8 months ago
3 - 4 Oct

Plein Air & Studio Workshop

Gilmer Arts

This workshop is taking place during one of the most beautiful seasons in North Georgia. It is a combination of plein air and studio where we will do small sketches outside and bring them back inside to process the information from them on larger canvas. There will be demos each day and discussions at the end of each day about your processes. Go to Gilmer Arts to sign up or for more information.

4 weeks ago
27 - 29 Apr
Sea View Inn

Plein Air Workshop

Sea View Inn
414 Myrtle Ave,
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843) 237-4253

Beautiful Pawleys Island, SC provides endless opportunities to paint sand and sun in the spring. We will be painting on location just outside the doors of the beautiful and historic Sea View Inn. Please please contact me at (770) 887-8877 or by email to sign up for this great workshop. Price $350 for instruction.


I have loved color and creating since I was a child. Rainy days spent inside coloring or painting were my favorite activities. Not much has changed, a rainy day remains an invitation to play some beautiful music and create at the easel. As a young adult I married and since we lived in a rural area, it was not easy or affordable to take art classes. So I worked from home while raising my family, studying books and working first with watercolor, then pastels and finally oils.

Each medium had its own strengths and I now use something from all of them creating my paintings. As my family grew, I went to work and began to take life classes in the evenings after my youngest child left for college. It was so exciting to be able to learn from wonderful artists. I painted at night and on the weekends painting in oils and pastels.

I was president of Southeastern Pastel Society for seven years and came into contact with some talented painters. The connections I made with other artists was and continues to be an important part of finding myself. The desire to paint from life sent me outside into the landscape to paint plein air.

Painting plein air has enhanced my work beyond what I ever could have imagined. I continue to paint plein air for my own education, working on location and bringing my information back into the studio where I remember colors, sounds and feelings that no photograph can duplicate.

I have found my passion in painting the landscape in oils and pastels with all of its many moods, trying to share my vision with the viewer. My greatest compliment is when someone says my paintings make them feel like they are there. I particularly love painting the coast and water anywhere.

Most recently, I was accepted into the 19th Annual American Impressionists Society (AIS) Exhibition and effective January 1, 2019 I am now a Signature Member of AIS. I was also honored to be accepted as a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). My paintings have been included in the 27th National Oil Painters of America Exhibition, American Society of Marine Artists Invitational at Principle Gallery, my painting The Crossing won the Best Building in a Landscape award in the June/July 2017 PleinAir Salon competition, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2017, American Impressionists Society Small Works Show 2016, and I am one of Pastel Journals December 2016 issue, 10 Artists to Watch.

I have had paintings accepted into OPA 2016 Salon, ASMA Seventeenth National, the Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Pastel Society 17th International, American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition, WPSE Fifth Annual Exhibition 2016, American Society of Marine Artists Regional and National, the American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition and one into Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL in October. I participated in Olmstead Plein Air Paintout in Atlanta, GA 2016, was invited to participate in the 2015 Door County Plein Air Festival, and was an exhibiting artist at Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

I think we all have a bucket list and one of the things on my list was to be an Artist in Residence (AIR) in Acadia National Park. I was awarded the AIR in 2012 and painted in the park for 2 weeks in the fall. I taught weekly classes at Chastain Art Center in Atlanta GA for 14 years and conduct my own workshops a few times a year locally and along the coast.

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