I have been painting since shortly after I moved to Benicia and became a volunteer for Arts Benicia. My first teachers were Larry Morace in his studio and then Jerry Turner and Warren Dreher who were teaching plein air workshops in Benicia.
Soon afterward, Arts Benicia developed art-making classes and acquired a classroom next to the Gallery. I took almost all of the classes offered by Master Artists through the AB program.
In the beginning, I painted composed still life and plein air landscapes. I also did monotype printing with Bill Harsh, drawing classes with Mark Eanes, painting with Bill Harsh and Linda Grebmeir. I continue to take classes offered by Arts Benicia and have studied with Lee Altman, Diane Williams and Chuck Potter and Nikki Basch Davis.
Currently, I am moving from still life and landscapes to more abstract work. There are those in the community who say my work was always closer to abstraction than impressionistic.
I am inspired by Bonnard, Matisse, Cezanne, and Gauguin. More recent inspirations are Rothko, DeKunig and Diebenkorn.
Painting and other art making has always given me joy no matter how good or how marginal the result. I love color and my works are rich in it.
I also belong to 2 small quilt/fiber art groups. Anne Petty and the Piecemakers has been meeting regularly for 31 years. Threads of Change is a newly organized group in Benicia.
Email Anne Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org