Anne Downs fell in love with making art as a child and continued for her whole life. While in high school she did 100’s of charcoal and pastel portraits as her summer job. After graduation, she majored in art at the University of Maryland before transferring to Goucher College where she received her BA in Art History in 1966. She did graduate work in Art History at Johns Hopkins University and worked as Librarian at the Baltimore Museum of Art for four years before marrying Douglas Downs and moving to California.
For the past 30 plus years, Anne has concentrated on watercolor— painting outdoors and in her studio. Some of her favorite sites in addition to the Monterey Peninsula are the Sierras, Gold Country, Point Reyes Seashore and Big Sur.
Anne’s artwork is in numerous private and corporate collections including the Sumitomo Corporation, Complete Environmental Solutions, Inc, the Philippine Embassy, and Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula which purchased 13 of her paintings for their permanent collection.
Exhibitions include “Disappearing Structures,” a two-person show at Pacific Grove Art Center, 2007; “The Painter’s Trail to Tahoe,” group show at the Carmel Art Association, 2014; “Edge of the Sea,” a juried show at Pacific Grove Library, 2015, “Art in Bloom,”a juried show at Monterey Museum of Art, 2015; “Wild California” a two-person show with her husband Doug Downs at the Carmel Art Association, 2017.