Posted by Larry
Anna Althea Hills was born January 28, 1882 in Ravenna, Ohio.
She studied at the Chicago Art Institute, Cooper Union in New York, studied under Arthur Dow and later at the Academie Julian in Paris.
In 1912 she moved to Laguna Beach, California becoming a leading member of the Laguna Beach art community. She was an active member of the California Art Club and the Laguna Beach Art Association serving as the LBAA president for six years.
Her atmospheric impressionist landscapes showed a reverence and appreciation of the sunny beauty of her surroundings. The subjects of her plein air landscapes varied from tree-scapes, the Laguna Beach coastline, Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Southern California and Arizona deserts, Santa Ana Canyon, Holland and interior scenes.
Anna A. Hills won the Bronze Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Diego in 1915, the Bronze Medal at the California State Fair, 1919, and the Landscape Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1922,1923.
She died on June 13, 1930 in Laguna Beach, California.
The author of this biography is a collector and active buyer of paintings by Anna Hills and other early California artists, he can be reached by email, Brentemail@aol.com (Larry)