About Anita

How I got here...


My first art instruction was in an evening class at NPCC in 2003 and I was introduced to painting with acrylics. Six years later I discovered an artist friend’s pastels and fell in love with the buttery soft pieces of color. I still get out the tubes of acrylic and play with the brushes but nothing thrills me like those sticks of pigmented chalk. I love trees and landscape scenes and most of my vacation photos are taken with plans to use them as painting references but my heart is drawn to animals, especially pet portraits. 

I have taken workshops under Clark Mitchell, Terri Ford, Lisa Ober, Larry Cloyes, and Jim Oberst and have studied locally under Thad Flenniken and Hugh Dunnahoe to broaden my artistic horizons. I have my own home studio and have fellow painters join me each week as we paint together and improve together.

Galleries and Affiliations

I enjoy being a  displaying member of Whittington Gallery & Studios, (Hot Springs, AR), Ouachita Artists (Mt.Ida, AR),  and Black Dog Designs (Joplin, AR) .  I am a member of the Traditional Art  Guild of Hot Springs and the Arkansas Pastel Society.


My favorite subjects to paint are animals so I love doing pet portraits.   I work from photographs and usually prefer to take them myself but if that isn't possible I would definitely consider your photograph.   Rates start at $200.