From Passion to Profession


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“Art is a projection of the personality of the man who painted it.”

– John Canaday

The Cycling Painter Anita Hampton
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I have been a professional painter and instructor of fine art most of my life. I painted my first oil painting at age 12 and have been in love with the medium ever since. My career has taken me to some of the most beautiful places nature has to offer, including the central shores of California, where I have lived for over 35 years.


My hobby grew into a profession in my late 20s. I found myself winning awards, exhibiting work in museums, giving lectures and demonstrations, and teaching painting workshops throughout the country and abroad. My work has been published, and I am listed in Who’s Who in American Art.


Some people say I possess natural talent. I believe ability is often confused with passion and one’s burning desire to make each work better from the last. Much like other professions, knowledge and practice improve the work of a painter. Contrary to my thoughts, using the left brain and implementing art theory were considered obstructions to a painter’s growth and natural form of self-expression in the 60’s. This change in academic philosophy in art departments around the country made the study of painting theory a commodity hard to find.


I found my best sources of instruction were inside art history and the early “how-to-paint” books from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. During my lifelong research and continuing attempts to put what I read and experience into practice, I was also fortunate to cross paths with inspirational people that took my thoughts and inspirations to new heights. I am proud to say mentors, professors, artists, supporters, and advisors like Lawrence Beane, Dr. Darwin Musselman, Mace Taylor, Joyce Pike, Joan Irvine Smith, Jean Stearn, and Dr. David Saari and many others play a part in the work I produce today.


A painting gives insight into an artist’s lifetime of experiences. The act of creating art is the process of visually expressing a maker’s thoughts, feelings, and philosophies. To look at a painting is to look into the soul and life of its maker. Herein lies the intent and purpose of this website as we search for and express the artist within through the theory of art.