Anita Hampton painted her first painting from life when she was twelve years old. She comes from a long line of creative women. Her Grandmother enjoyed china and oil painting while her Mother unleashed her creativity through oil painting, music, theater, design and a multitude range of craft making.
Hampton has a high reputation based on major painting awards, authorship, teaching experience, gallery representation, and her painting philosophy. She is a master Plein Air Artist who has been credited as a signature member of the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Association, and Oil Painters of America.
Hampton began receiving awards for her paintings at the age of 22 when the Western Society of Artists Exhibition honored her with a Second Place award. Hampton’s work has been collected and exhibited by many private collections, National Corporations, American Embassy in Spain, New York Forbes Museum, Forbes private collection, California State Capital, Irvine Museum, and the Roy Rose Plein Air Collection.
In 2001, Hampton was the first artist that won two major first-place cash awards in major plein air competitions; The San Juan Capistrano – CAC competition and the Crystal Cove Plein Air Painting Exhibition in Southern California. She won the Franklin Mint Award sponsored by National Oil Painters of America Competition in Chicago, IL in 2001 and has been listed in Who’s Who in America for her outstanding achievements.
Hampton is one of the few artist equally gifted in painting all subjects. She has authored several portraits, still life, and landscapes with “how-to-paint” series for Walter Foster Publications in Oil Painting Step by Step Series, 2002 and soft cover, and The Art of Oil Painting, 2003. Her work has been included in other forms of publications that include California – This Golden Land of Promise, Joan Irvine Smith – A California Woman’s Story, and California Light. Hampton believes that painting is a life-long study in which one must constantly grow; never being satisfied with current accomplishments. It is this philosophy and her unfailing eye for composition that allows her to produce such exquisite work.