Classically trained artist Anna Rose Bain has a gift for capturing likenesses and conveying a subject's personality on the canvas.


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.

Selected Awards and Exhibitions

  • Southwest Art Magazine Annual Artistic Excellence Competition (2017) - 1st Place for "Vintage Tutu"
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition (2017) - GOLD MEDAL for "Silent Snowfall"
  • Boldbrush Online Painting Competition (April 2017) - BEST OF SHOW for "Silent Snowfall"
  • Portrait Society of America International Competition (2017) - Top 25 Finalist and Award of Exceptional Merit for "A Fleeting Moment"
  • Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Competition (Fall 2016) - 2nd Place Signature Member Category for "A Fleeting Moment"
  • Boldbrush Online Painting Competition (April 2016) - 2nd Place for "Self Portrait in the Studio"
  • Portrait Society of America International Competition (2016) - Certificate of Excellence for "Self Portrait in the Studio"
  • Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda National Exhibition (February 2016) - 2nd Place for "Self Portrait in the Studio"
  • Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition(2015) - 1st Honorable Mention (Commissioned Portrait) and 7th Merit (Outside the Box)
  • Boldbrush Online Painting Competition (November 2015) - Finalist for "May Flowers"
  • Richeson75 "Figure/Portraits" Exhibition, Kimberly, WI (2015) - Best in Show for "Fledglings"
  • PleinAir Salon Competition (August/September 2015) - Best Figure in the Landscape for "Among the Hydrangeas"
  • "Women Painting Women: Texas" Group Exhibition, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, TX (2015)
  • Jerry's Artarama Annual Self Portrait Competition (2015) - Honorable Mention for "The Wait and the Reward"
  • Portrait Society of America International Competition (2015) - Certificate of Excellence for "Fledglings"
  • Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition (2015) - "Innocence"
  • Boldbrush Online Painting Competition (January 2015) - Finalist for "Fledglings"
  • Oil Painters of America Online Showcase Competition (Summer 2014) - First Place for "Sharing Secrets"
  • Boldbrush Online Painting Competition (June 2014) - Third place for "The Wait and the Reward"
  • American Women Artists Annual Juried Exhibition (2014) - Honor Award for "Self Portrait at 23 Weeks"
  • Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition (2014) - "California Beauty"
  • Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition(2014) - 6th Honorable Mention (Commissioned Portrait)
  • Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art (Nov-Dec 2013)
  • International Guild of Realism's 8th Annual International Juried Show (Oct-Nov 2013)
  • Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 117th Annual National Juried Exhibition (October 2013)
  • Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art Salon International (April-May 2013)
  • Art Renewal Center 9th Annual International Salon Competition (2013) - Finalist.
  • Hunting Art Prize (Spring 2012) - Finalist.
  • Hunting Art Prize (Spring 2011) - Finalist.
  • "Portraits III" Competition (Spring 2011) - First Place.
  • International Artist Magazine's "Portraits and Figures" Competition (2010-2011) - Finalist.
  •'s Annual Juried Spring Competition (2009) - First place.
  • Irving Art Association's 'Unconditional Love' Juried Show, Irving, TX (2009)- Best of Show.
  • "Portraits II" Competition (Fall 2009) - First Place.


April/May 2018 - International Artist Magazine

I share my process for painting "Strength and Stormclouds" in this two-page article for the magazine's "Art of the Portrait" section.

February 2018 - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

"Vintage Tutu" was chosen by publisher Eric Rhodes for the February cover, and is included in a feature on Music and Dance.

December 2017 - Southwest Art Magazine

"Vintage Tutu" was awarded First Place in the magazine's annual Artistic Excellence Competition. One-page editorial by editor Kim Agricola.

October/November 2017 - International Artist Magazine

"A Fleeting Moment," which was a finalist in the Portrait Society's international competition, is given a short editorial in the Art of the Portrait "Master Showcase" section.

July/August 2016 - Western Art & Architecture Magazine

My painting "Motherhood" is featured in "Beyond Skin Deep," an article by Rosemary Carstens about contemporary self-portraiture.

January 2016 - Where ART Lives, Volume 2 Number 1

This online art magazine features many of my paintings in a generous number of pages.

November 2015 - Poets and Artists 68 (Devotion), Curated by Daniel Maidman

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.

May/June 2015 - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

My painting, "Proverbs 31:17 (Self Portrait at 29) was given a full-page feature.

November 2013 - Southwest Art Magazine

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.

September 2013 - Southwest Art Magazine

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.

March 2012 - Cabin Life

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.

April 2011 - Artist Portfolio Magazine

As a two-time winner of the portraits competition on, 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.

November 2010 - International Artist

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!