The Vale by Anna Dillon
Anna Dillon was born in 1972 and grew up in a small Wiltshire village called Winterborne Monkton which is about one mile from the World Heritage site of Avebury. She studied illustration and Graphic Design at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall and then worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years in London and the Middle East. Anna is now a full time, professional artist.
The dramatic countryside of the South of England continually inspires Anna to paint vibrant, colourful and semi abstract landscapes in oil paints. In 2009 she decided to fulfill a personal ambition to walk The Ridgeway. This ancient track holds huge significance for her because it builds a bridge between many of the places she has lived in her life. Starting at Avebury and connecting with the small village of Ashbury near the Uffington White Horse, then on toward her home village of Aston Tirrold on the Berskhire Downs and ending at Ivinghoe Beacon near the village where she bought her first house. As a consequence of this inspirational walk she is working on about twenty large oil paintings of views seen from the Ridgeway. Anna is planning her solo exhibition for 2012.
As a painter she is inspired by the post war artist Paul Nash and the Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser.
Anna Dillon’s work is regularly exhibited at various galleries throughout the West Country and she also has work in private collections around the world from Australia to Finland. Four of her decorative paintings were donated as a gift for his Royal Highness Sultan Qaboos of Oman in the Middle East.
Anna, along with Bruce Bignold, John Stephen, Judith Payne, Nicky Jones and Jane Ryan will be exhibiting original paintings, prints and cards at Warwick Hall, Church Lane, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4SD on Friday, 16 April 12.00pm – 5.00pm and Saturday, 17 April 10.00am – 5.00pm.