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BIOGRAPHY FOR ANNA ALTHEA HILLS (1882 - 1930)

Born in Ohio in 1882, painter Anna Althea Hills (also known as A. A. Hills) would become a champion of the Laguna Beach Art Association in Laguna Beach, California for a majority of her adult life. Trained at the Chicago Art Institute and the Cooper Union Art School in New York, Anna Althea Hills would also visit Europe where she studied under John Noble Barlow at the Academie Julian. Initially Hills would work as a figure painter, but after her move to California in 1913 she would become dedicated to landscape painting.

Anna Althea Hills preferred to work "en plein air" and despite a severe spinal injury, Anna Hills never hesitated to head out on painting adventures into the mountains or countryside surrounding her. While Hills continued to take painting excursions to areas of Arizona as well as the surrounding countryside, she continually poured a great deal of energy into art education.

Anna Althea Hills organized and lectured frequently, and arranged for traveling exhibitions in the public school systems throughout Orange County, California. Additionally, Anna Hills would earn a reputation as an excellent art teacher in her own right.



Painting by Anna Althea Hills titled: Evening on the Pacific, Laguna Beach.

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Anna Althea Hills (also known as A. A. Hills) was a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association in Laguna Beach California, eventually serving as its president for several terms. Her unending energies towards fundraising and the creation of the Laguna Museum of Art were recognized with a commemorative plaque placed at the site upon her death in 1930. Anna Hills was also an active member of the California Art Club, held a membership at the Washington Watercolor Club and exhibited frequently.

While Anna Althea Hills's early work involved figure paintings and darker interiors, the Orange County scenery truly inspired her. The landscapes and scenery she depicted in her later paintings involved Impressionistic use of light and brush techniques. Throughout her career she would employ watercolor and oil for her painting.

Anna Althea Hills passed away at the age of forty-eight on June 13, 1930 in Laguna Beach, California.


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ANNA ALTHEA HILLS PAINTING AWARDS

1915 Bronze Medal at the Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, California
1919 Bronze Medal at the California State Fair
1922, 1923 Landscape Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, California


ANNA ALTHEA HILLS MEMBERSHIPS

Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, California
California Art Club, Pasadena, California
Washington Watercolor Club


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