Anthony Watkins is active/lives in Virginia. Anthony Watkins is known for landscape, figure, still life.
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Living and working in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Anthony Watkins has received much attention in Washington D.C. as well as other parts of the country.
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He grew up on a farm in north central Virginia. An avid reader, his early sketches were based on stories by Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. In 1973, he moved to California and enrolled in the studio school of Los Angeles-based realist, Lawrence Gluck. In 1979, he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Returning to the U.S. he lived near Lincoln, Virginia and used local people for models for figure painting. He also has done numerous landscapes.
Anthony Watkins was born in Lawrenceville, Virginia, in 1953.
Lawrence Gluck, California realist, initially provided Watkins training in his studio-school. His course of study was based on the methodologies of the continental ateliers of the 19th century. He later attended the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He later returned to the U.S. and settled in Virginia were he maintains a studio and home.
Influenced by his atelier training, his paintings are initiated from life, in natural light, with larger works completed in his studio after having been brought in from the field. Landscapes and figurative oils are his most notable works, with themes and subject matter influenced by his extensive travels and living in rural Virginia. Farmers, horses, and the significance of family are commonly displayed.
His awards and accolades are many, including the Oil Painters of America's Fredrix Award for Best Landscape (San Antonio, 1995), and the Salmagundi Club's Florence Lonsford Award for Landscape (New York, 1994). His is a full guild member of the American Society of Classical Realism, and was the subject of a feature article in American Artist magazine entitled "Light, Color, and Life."
Source: Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, Massachusetts
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