Anita Hampton fell in love with painting at an early age. Encouraged by her family, Hampton completed her first oil painting at age 11 in her grandparent’s cabin located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she spent most of her summers as a child. It was there she learned to appreciate the natural beauty, sounds, scents, and textures of the landscape. Several years later, her mother purchased a set of art supplies and enrolled her in her first painting class with her mother and grandmother.
Hampton, with a fascination for drawing and painting, soon discovered the use of a brush was much like pencil drawing with the exception of two added dimensions; texture and color. As a young mother with her children growing more independent, Hampton entered her fifth completed oil painting of her grandparents fishing from the back of a boat in an exhibition sponsored by Society of Western Artists in 1969. She won second prize. Motivated from a burning passion to paint, with her married family’s transient life style, Hampton continued to paint and develop her life-long educational program using open classes, Community Colleges, State Universities and local libraries to study drawing, painting and art history. Her career as a professional painter and art instructor emerged after her work was displayed in Laguna Beach, CA during the summer Art Festivals.
Hampton was fortunate to study under several mentors. Darwin Musselman, a well-recognized artist and head of the Art Department at Fresno State University and Joyce Pike, a National artist and instructor who both recognized Hampton’s talents. Encouraging Hampton to join and compete in National exhibitions, she began winning awards and soon thereafter became an elected member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, signature member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and Laguna Plein Air Association.
Hampton’s work has been collected and exhibited by many private collections, National Corporations, the American Embassy in Spain, New York Forbes Museum, Forbes personal collection, the California State Capital and Governor’s office, Irvine Museum, and the Roy Rose Plein Aire Collection.
Hampton’s basic belief in becoming the best painter one can be is to “paint anything the eye can see”. Practicing this belief, Hampton continues to paint, write, teach and study all subjects forever striving to capture the light and spirit of nature’s ever-changing palette on canvas for others to enjoy.