Anne and Dan Thornhill from Hot Springs will exhibit their acrylic paintings in the Merkle and Price Galleries June 2-29 with an artist reception on Saturday, June 3, 5-7pm. The show includes individual as well as collaborative works by the artists.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Anne, a lifetime artist, found that art allowed her to deal with stress and anxiety. With three children at home, she worked at various art related jobs, including creating a vintage lace company. After her children became self-sufficient, Anne went back to college; she graduated in 1998 from Arkansas Tech University with a double major in psychology and art. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree. In her private practice as a psychotherapist, Anne incorporated art therapy into her work.
Anne’s colorful and energetic paintings reflect her friendly personality and love of life.
Her work is included in the permanent collection at the Grand Prairie Arts Center, Stuttgart, and other public and private collections. She lives in Little Rock with her artist husband, Dan.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Dan was interested in art at an early age. In school, he would often spend his time doodling instead of listening to his teachers. He graduated with a degree in biology from Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University). Busy with life, Dan put art on the back burner for many years. Later, he began studying art seriously at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Art degree with an emphasis in painting.
Dan has a unique flair with color and creative design. His works are included in permanent collections at UALR, the Grand Prairie Arts Center in Stuttgart, UAMS Cancer Center in Little Rock, the Texas Regional Arts Center in Texarkana, the South Arkansas Arts Center, and public and private collections. He lives with his artist wife Anne in Little Rock, and enjoys teaching at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.