Anna Rose Bain (b. 1985) is a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist based in Denver, CO. Her paintings often depict people in peaceful settings or places that evoke happiness. She especially loves painting women and children, and seeks to convey all of her subjects with honesty and sensitivity.
Anna was self taught until college. Inspired by her grandfather, who started painting at the age of 70, Anna spent her free time as a child sketching from nature and poring over art books. She studied fine art at Hillsdale College from 2003-2007, and in 2006 she took a figure painting course at the Florence Academy of Art. After graduating from Hillsdale with honors and distinguishing herself as the first student in the school's history to have a solo senior show, she continued her education by studying with several renowned artists including Judith Carducci, Clayton J. Beck, III, Nancy Guzik, and more.
Anna now resides in Westminster with her husband Steve and daughter Cecelia, having recently moved from the Dallas area. She works full-time as a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist. She also teaches workshops, and is actively involved in the local arts communities. Having had such inspiring teachers and role models in her own life, she firmly believes in sharing her passion and knowledge of classical art with other aspiring artists, as well as showing practical ways to stay up to date in today's changing art market. She is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and an Out of State Artist member of the California Art Club. She is also a member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado and the International Guild of Realism, and is a distinguished faculty member of the Portrait Society of America. Her award-winning work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.
Anna's style employs a direct painting method while drawing from classical roots. She gains inspiration from the joys and struggles in her life, seeking to make the world a better place through her art. Her paintings are an expression of gratitude and an exploration of the questions one faces at different stages of their life. For example, her award winning self portrait, "The Wait and the Reward," is a coming to terms with change and a joyous celebration of new life.
My painting "Motherhood" is featured in "Beyond Skin Deep," an article by Rosemary Carstens about contemporary self-portraiture.
This online art magazine features many of my paintings in a generous number of pages.
An eclectic collection of work from 50 contemporary visual artists, curated by Daniel Maidman. From high academic rendering to abstract decalcomania, and from emerging artists to David Salle and Kiki Smith, this issue of Poets/Artists represents a broad survey of excellent work by devoted practitioners in their fields.
My painting, "Proverbs 31:17 (Self Portrait at 29) was given a full-page feature.
This was a wonderful follow-up to the "21 Under 31" feature. My painting, "California Beauty," was pre-selected for the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art and included in Southwest Art's featured article on this prestigious annual national juried exhibition. Out of 1200 entries, only 100 pieces were selected for the show.
I was honored to be chosen as one of twenty-one young artists in Southwest Art Magazine's "21 Under 31" article, an annual feature showcasing up and coming talent under the age of 31. You can read more about it in the online feature here.
My story about finding artistic inspiration at my husband's family cabin is featured in Cabin Life Magazine. You can read the article online here, and you can also see some other pictures of paintings I've completed at the cabin and the inspiration behind them here.
As a two-time winner of the portraits competition on MyArtContest.com, I was interviewed for for their online publication, Artist Portfolio Magazine. While some of it includes old news (from spring 2011), you may still enjoy reading the interview. Click the image to open the PDF.
The December/January 2011 issue of International Artist Magazine included my painting "Twin Arts" as a finalist in the "Portrait and Figure" competition. Click the image to read about it!