Anne Bradford was born in England and raised in Canada and the US. She lived in New York City while working in advertising and graphic design from 1970-1984. She moved to California in 1985 and recently relocated to Charleston. She has been exhibiting paintings since the mid 80’s. Her work was included in several group shows at the San Diego Museum of Art, numerous fine art galleries and is part of several private and corporate collections. In 1987, her paintings were featured on the film “K-9” and her worked was presented on television on “Eye on San Diego” and “Inside San Diego.” Her work was awarded the California Discovery Award – Gold in 1994.
Anne attended the School of Visual Arts in NY, studied theater art at City College, San Diego; environmental design at San Diego State University; computer studies at SD Community College.
Her work is featured in many corporate collections including: British Airways, Bermuda & Houston, TX • Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Buena Vista, FL • North Island Credit Union, San Diego, CA •Big Horn Country Club, Palm Desert, CA • The Marriott Hotel, Coronado, CA • Deloitte & Touche, San Diego, CA • Sandpiper Technologies, Inc. Manteca, CA • Schurter Inc. Santa Rosa, CA • Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA • Steppin’ Out Magazine, Fort Bragg, CA • Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, CA • Beyers Costin, Santa Rosa, CA • Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA • Pam & Merritt Sher, Hotel Healdsburg, CA • Lisa & Charlie Palmer, Healdsburg, CA • Laura Chenel, Sonoma, CA • Price Family, San Diego, CA and many private collections.
“Over the years I’ve painted in many different styles – they flowed from one to the other – abstracts becoming organic, becoming landscapes, becoming abstracts again and now representational.
In this series of “equestrian paintings” I am trying to convey the joy, the excitement, the pageantry of riding horses. I have always loved horses but never had more than a few opportunities years ago to experience the feeling of freedom and excitement when riding these beautiful animals.
Until recently, I lived in the country where I saw them every day. But they had not become a focus for my work until I saw some riders gaily dressed in flowing robes or sparkling jackets and large sombreros, proudly riding their Friesians in a local parade. Since then I have painted images of various disciplines – racing, jumping, dressage, polo, western riding.
The paintings are oil on canvas. They are large in scale and express a vibrant energy and movement. The backgrounds are painted first, then subsequent layers are added using tape to mask silhouetted figures which are streaked with different colors showing movement. The final figures are painted last and rendered more realistically.”