After growing up and working in or near the cultural abundance of New York, Boston, Worcester, and Providence, the hiking trails, rivers, canyons, and lakes around Bend, Oregon, have been Anne’s museum, cathedral, inspiration, and home since the mid-1990s. As she explored drawing, printmaking, and finally painting in this new environment, color became a dominant element of her work. Back East, her “city art” featured black-and-white – detailed pen-and-ink, pencil, conté, or charcoal drawings.
Anne’s inspirations are very much about place but her motivation isn’t representation of place so much as an attempt to evoke feelings: the heat of the sun, the clarity of the light, or the riot of color. “We are poised between loving this landscape to death with overuse and pillaging its resources without any regard for its intrinsic worth. I hope my work inspires folks to recognize, value, and preserve what we still have. Recently I have been exploring the forces of rocks and water that shape our environment. They’ll endure. Hopefully, if as a community we make the right choices, we will too.”
Anne Gibson—Educational, Professional, and Volunteer
With a BA in art history (and all the studio courses she could fit in her schedule) from Tufts University, Anne has studied drawing, painting, typography, and printmaking at the School of Visual Arts, NY; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Rhode Island School of Design; Bend Art Center (Atelier 6000); and COCC. Her work has appeared in several group shows. Anne’s first solo exhibitions were hung during the summer and fall of 2019 at the Oxford Hotel and Franklin Crossing in Bend. Both were featured in Cascade A&E magazine. These, and a solo coffeeshop exhibition in Portland, all resulted in sales to new collectors. The works she showed at the Elisabeth Jones Art Center in Portland are now offered in their rental/sales program. In April 2021, she joins Tumalo Art Company as a member of the collective.
Anne began her professional career at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, where she soon became director of publications and marketing. Those seven years enhanced both her academic knowledge of art history and her aesthetic appreciation of the exquisite, diverse collection. As senior designer at Gilbert Design in Providence, RI, from the late 80s to mid-90s, her favorite projects were college and university admissions materials and museum and gallery exhibition catalogs, brochures, posters, and invitations.
Freelancing in Bend, Oregon, since the mid-90s, she teamed with various creative partners, agencies, and web developers. Any design work Anne does now is focused on supporting arts, cultural, environmental, and social service clients. She spends as much time as possible in the studio painting the places she loves and also devotes considerable hours to the non-profit she helped found, which supports kids and teens with type one diabetes through t1dbuddycamp.org. Having recently volunteered to rebuild the website for the Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon, she now also serves on that board.