Anthony Watkins was raised on a farm in northern Virginia, where he began drawing at an early age and completed his first oil painting at age twelve. Before becoming a full time artist he worked at several engineering positions including that of design for Rockwell International’s B-1 Lancer Strategic Bomber for the U.S. Air Force.
He studied drawing and portrait painting with Lawrence Gluck in Los Angeles and with Yves Brayer at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. In his studies he learned how to match skin tones, how to render facial features and how to produce the illusion of skin and hair texture, all of which contribute to achieving a likeness of the sitter.
In his landscapes and marine scenes, Watkins presents a vision of the natural world seen under sunlight and modified by atmosphere. “I want the viewers of my paintings to feel they are seeing people whose images have been captured under dramatic conditions of light and shade as they go about their daily activities. In my landscapes and marines I want to make the viewers aware of the warmth of a summer day or the ceaseless motion of waves or clouds.”
Anthony Watkins and his paintings have been the subject of feature articles and reviews in several newspapers and periodicals including The Washington Post and American Artist.
His painting of Eagle Rock Mountain was selected to represent Rocky Mountain National Park in the book, Art of the Parks, by Rachel Rubin Wolf.
His portrait clients have included the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, the director of the American Red Cross and the American Ambassador to Sweden.
Paintings by Anthony Watkins are in numerous corporate and private collections.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA
- 1999, 2000, 2002, Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA
- 2002, Main St. Gallery, Annapolis, MD
- 1995, National Wildlife Federation, “Landscapes Near and Far”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- 2001, American Society of Classical Realism, Irvington, NY
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
- 1998, Arts for the Parks National Exhibition, Jackson, WY