When I was young, I painted on my own. I did not take an art class until I was 39 years old. I did draw and paint with my two children and loved watching their free and expressive drawings. I did not want to stop drawing and painting.
Before my first art class I went to Ohio University and left for the West Coast after the Kent State tragedy in 1970. I discovered Northern California and received a B.A. in dance at Mills College. In Santa Cruz County I taught improvisational, modern and folk dance through the Santa Cruz arts in the schools program, Spectra. I also taught adults at the Cabrillo Community Services and Santa Cruz County Adult Schools.
For the last 30 years I have been drawing and painting with inspiring teachers, in which Michelle Giulvezan-Tanner, Melinda Cootsona and Jerry McGlaughlin influenced my work the most. The artists who inspire me ar Rembrandt, Ann Gade, Alice Neel, Melinda Cootsona and Brian Rutenberg.
2023 Scotts Valley Library, Scotts Valley, CA., October-December, 2023.
2022 Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
2021 Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA.
2012 Azhar, Santa Cruz, CA., “First Friday Five Years of My Work”
2020 deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA., “Open Exhibit – On the Edge”. October 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
2013 Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA., “The Drawing Salon”
2013 Vino Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA., “First Friday Faces and Places”
2012 Michaelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA., “Day of the Dead”
2012 Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA., “Santa Cruz Watercolor Society – Best of the West (Honorable Mention)”
2009 Pajaro Valley Art Center, Watsonville, CA.
2009 Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA., “Saladarity: an Amalgamation of Sprouting Artists”
2009-2013 Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA.
Contact Anna Haulenbeek Huskey at 831-818-7054.