Anita Baarns

Anita Baarns

Painting, Drawing

Baarns PhotoI started painting animals as a professional artist when I returned from my first fox hunt with The Piedmont Foxhounds some 20 years ago. When I saw the pack of hounds, I fell in love with them. After selling my first hound paintings, I started getting commissions to paint my clients’ dogs, horses, and cats.

With each painting, I focus on capturing the animal’s character. I always start with the eyes, because they show the animal’s soul. I sometimes spend hours getting the eyes right, because once that happens, the painting, pastel, or drawing comes alive.

I also love the challenge of painting fur. I try to create a sheen that shows the fur’s softness and texture, showing the muscles and bone structure underneath the coat.

I know I’ve gotten it right when a customer gets emotional seeing the painting for the first time.

The purpose of my life is to create portraits of those wonderful animals that enrich our lives with their beauty, grace, devotion, and kindness.

Born in France, I moved to The Netherlands as a young child. At 30, I moved to the United States, earning A.A.S (Northern Virginia Community College) and B.A. (University of Maryland) degrees in studio arts. Ten years later,

I became a naturalized citizen.

My oil paintings have been exhibited at the American Academy of Equine Art (Lexington, KY) and American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (St. Louis, MO), for which I was commissioned to paint the “Breeder of the Year Award.”  Other honors include numerous covers of “The Chronicle of the Horse” and multiple appointments as Official Artist for the International Gold Cup Races (Great Meadow, VA) and for the Upperville Horse Show (Upperville, VA). Since 2005, my work has been sold by Frost & Reed in New York City.




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The Fire House Gallery is an economic development project created and managed by Berryville Main Street, featuring distinctive handmade arts and crafts from local and regional Virginia artists. The gallery is funded in part by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts

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