Welcome & thank you for visiting my site. To view my work, please visit my online portfolio below. Do contact me to learn more or if you are interested in viewing or purchasing any of my pieces.

— Sr. Anne Therese


Below are a few samples of watercolors, acrylics and pastels
– most on paper, some on canvas.
All are framed except those marked NF (not framed).

A Toast at the Pub
Loading The Turnips
The Flute Lesson #2
Washday in Suzhou, China
Young Chinese Lutenist
Earth, Air, Fire, Water
From Chaos To Creation
Floral Motif - Sold
We Are All Stardust and Strings
Barn, Villa Valli - Sold
Rainy Day, Florida
The Gates, Central Park
Via Doloraesa, Jerusulum

Sharing  Art, Thoughts, and Meaning


All prices are on request, so if you are interested in purchasing a painting, please see my CONTACT section to email me. Paintings, especially portraits, can be done on commission, like the one below.


If you have viewed the paintings in my porfolio above and liked what you saw, there are plenty more right here in my studio. Some place here may be a scene portrayed, or a memory evoked, in paint or poetry to touch your heart!


Also, if you are new to watercolor, pastel, or drawing and would like some one-on-one instruction, just go to my CONTACT section and let me know; if there's anything I love as much as painting/drawing, it's teaching it!


Usually, the poems are personal ponderings and they sometimes illustrate painted images, as seen below. While it is interesting to see how words and images can complement each other, most of the poems stand on their own and have recently been published in a small book called MUSINGS.


This season weeps a bit,
Mindful whence it came,
Such promise as it had.

So April-green were trees,
Bursting with new buds,
Sweet fragrance yet to bloom

Till summer sun bent low,
Kissing dry the dew
That crystalized each rose.

Such drama autumn held:
Fragile tints of spring
Now changed to red and gold.

But winter weeps a bit:
Where, those former joys –
Remembered scents and hues?

Why, in our hearts, of course!
All of it – transformed!!
Wonderful! Winter-full!

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU

What if...?

What if Lent, this lengthy
          entry into Spring --
          bereft of birdsong,
          flowers, warmth:
          a “fast” perhaps, but slow –

What if this unwelcome word
          took on a different cast?
          Instead of time without --
          a time of plenty;

           A time “lent” to us by God
           to fill our treasure chests of clay;
           Borrowed time; Kairos time,
               tucked within the Chronos
               of our day.

Would the ashes then remind us of
          the stardust which we are --
          promising that time, no longer
               borrowed will endure?

What if our “alleluias,” buried now in
          purple tones,
          can still shine through
               that filmy veil,
          to greet the Bridegroom
               when He comes?

What if …?

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU


Sister Anne Therese Dillen, an Ursuline nun, has been an exhibiting painter and teacher on high school, college and graduate levels for over forty years.  A graduate of the College of New Rochelle as an art major on scholarship, she went on to get her Master of Fine Arts degree at Catholic University and has further studied watercolor with Robert Calrow, AWS, Charles Kinghan, NA, and William Maxwell.

While much of her time and energy was concentrated on teaching, maintaining a consistent output of her own artwork for exhibit and sale has made her a better teacher, enabling her to keep current and share her experience with her students while continuing to take delight in their enthusiasm and creativity.

While at CUA, Sister Anne concentrated on stone and wood sculpture, an added dimension to her work as a painter.  Although she has worked in oil and acrylics, she specializes in watercolor (all subjects) and pastel (portraits of people in all age groups done on commission). Samples of these can be found in the Gallery section. Several of her works are non-objective, but the majority are realistic, often featuring faces and figures as the main motifs.

Sister Anne has had more than a dozen solo shows, mostly in Westchester but also in New York, Vermont, and Pennsylvania.  She also created a series of thirty paintings featuring the story of the Irish Famine (1845-1849); these traveled around Ireland for four years prior to returning to this country for further traveling exhibitions.

As she has been for over forty years, Sister Anne is currently a member of the New Rochelle Art Association where she has won many awards, among which have been five Jules Bauer awards for best watercolor.  She has often been a juror for their annual juried show and has been a judge for other art associations in Westchester County.

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