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).
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.
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.
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
Is crammed with star-drenched
Familiar things give way to
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
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
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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