Today we’d like to introduce you to Anita Mosher Solich.
Hi Anita, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
“There is a reason we don’t see the world in black and white. Color is vital to our daily lives. I find I express things in color and shapes that I can not find words for any other way”. Originally from Kansas City, Anita first studied art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum when she was six years old. Anita has paintings in her personal art collection from her mother and her maternal grandmother who were both accomplished artists.
Anita took art classes all thru high school. She also loved biology, anatomy, and physiology. She didn’t know any professional artists so when she went to college she studied nursing and became an operating room nurse. She credits her study and knowledge of anatomy with helping her paint animals and people. After the birth of her twin daughters, she began to paint in earnest. Anita sold her first painting to a dear friend for $50 in 1994. She is forever grateful for that first sale!
Blending modern insight with old-world training and an exceptional sense of color, Anita enjoys painting a variety of subject matter. Anita trained for three years in the Russian school of painting with Don Sahli who was the last protege of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. Anita spent two years at the Art Student League of Denver with Jay Moore and Kim Mackey.
Anita also spent a year studying classical portraiture with LV Davis at the Boulder Academy of Fine Art. Davis trained for 12 years with Clive Martindale who was John Singer Sargent’s assistant for the last 19 years of his life. Anita owned an art studio/gallery for 16 years in Denver, CO. Anita’s work has been featured in articles numerous times in Southwest Art magazine including “Artist to Watch” in 2001 and in American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, and Vail Art Magazine.
Anita is a Founding Emeritus signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado and a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society and the Outdoor Painters Society. “I favor a painterly approach in my work, in which a recognizable form is achieved, while at the same time the paint itself is celebrated and brushstrokes are not only visible but intrinsic to the success of the piece.”
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I first started painting 30 years ago, before digital photography and the internet, I took every finished painting to a photography studio in Denver to have slides and 4″ x5″ made. I sent photographs to galleries to let them choose which pieces they wanted. Magazines used the 4″x5″ to reproduce paintings for print. I still have boxes and boxes of slides of my early work. It was all very labor intensive.
Opening a gallery in 2002 during a recession was a challenge, then came the housing recession in 2008. My partners and I kept our expenses down and did all the work ourselves so we could keep the doors open. It paid off and we gained many wonderful collectors and friends during our 16 years in business. It gave me such a greater appreciation for the galleries that promote me and carry my work.
Closing our gallery after 16 years was very hard. I miss seeing my clients and friends. I miss the camaraderie of the shared studio space. It was time – as my partners and I were ready for the next stages of our careers/lives. It was a wonderful experience to own a gallery and I am so glad I did it.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in oil painting. I was originally discovered when I took out an ad in Southwest Art Magazine in 1999 featuring a rooster painting and galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and Napa, CA started representing me. In those markets, I sold animal paintings and still life. I am still known as a rooster/chicken painter.
More recently I have enjoyed painting hummingbirds in both large and small formats. In my Colorado galleries, I sell mountain landscapes and aspen paintings. I love to paint a variety of subject matter and found out by owning my own gallery that there was a market for a variety of paintings.
As my career advanced I started painting more abstract backgrounds and that developed into abstract paintings.
I still love to paint a wide variety of subject matter and both impressionistic and abstract styles. My advice to artists is to follow your art heart and don’t let anyone dictate what/how you should paint. The most important thing is to fall in love with your subject matter.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up.
My mother was an artist and had a studio in our home my entire life. My favorite childhood memory was when she took me to her figure drawing sessions and I got to model in colorful clothes and hats for all the artists. It was so educational to see all the variety of compositions in angles of poses and styles of the different artists.
- Website: www.anitamosher.com
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