Anna Hills (1882-1930)
Anna Hills was born in Ravenna, Ohio, in 1882. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper Union in New York, and the Academie Julian in Paris. Following a four year tour of Europe, Anna Hills settled in the artist colony of Laguna Beach in 1913, where she was a founder and President of the Laguna Beach Art Association.
While her early works generally lacked strong color use; that quickly changed upon her arrival in Laguna Beach when her palette brightened up dramatically. With a style that included palette knife and quick brush strokes, Anna Hills captured the California coast and deserts with poetic eye and left a legacy as a teacher and champion of the early Laguna Beach art colony. Anna Hills died in Laguna Beach until her death in 1930 at the age of 48.