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

Portfolio

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

Sharing  Art, Thoughts, and Meaning

Prices

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.

Paintings

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!

Teaching

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!

Poetry

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.

String Theory

River, sky, lush trees and grass,
Blossoms I can see and name:
Each, like me, a changing thing,
On no two days, the same.

Growing, fading, dying then,
Till others take our place
And everything begins again
With slightly different face.

What we’d thought was outer
space
Is crammed with star-drenched
light.
Familiar things give way to
strings
Through which we all unite.

It is of this that we are made –
Of stardust and of strings –
Pulsating with the life of God
Who, in us and around us, sings!

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU

Comings

Her hand rests with love
       On the yet-to-be-born
              And we keep praying, “Come!”

We wait there with her
       If only in our hearts
              As we keep praying, “Come!”

Odd, these Advent days –
       Our waiting for this birth –
              When we keep begging, “Come!”

Yearning for a gift
       We know already given
              We keep on singing, “Come!”

Could there still be more?
        A trumpet blast, perhaps?
              In wonder, we call, “Come!”

Our hope beckons – strong:
       A birth in you and me!
              For this we beg Him, “Come!”

Anne Therese Dillen, OSU

About

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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