Anne Belson painting plein air


I prefer to work onsite in a small format that enables me to focus on elements in the environment and complete most of the painting in a single sitting. Being excited about the subject matter is a prerequisite for beginning. I love the properties of watercolor, especially the way it slides over the surface of the hot press paper I use, and the way it leaves a record of the path the brush takes. My color choices and the kinds of marks I make depend upon the atmospheric conditions or my feelings about the subject. Some situations inspire thin, pastel colors; others call for rich, layered pigments. Marks might be linear or pointillistic, with the white of the paper an important factor, or they might merge and run, leaving little of the paper showing through. The completion process can take moments or hours, onsite or in the studio. It involves more thinking than painting, as I try to maximize each work's uniqueness.


Anne Belson has exhibited her drawings and paintings in juried exhibitions throughout New England for four decades. A graduate of Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she holds a Master of Education degree from Boston State College and also studied design and painting at Boston University School for the Arts and Massachusetts College of Art. A longtime Quincy, MA resident and former art teacher in Hull and Stoughton, MA, she was a corporate arts manager in Boston for more than 25 years. Now a Cape Cod resident, she maintains a studio in Falmouth, MA.

In recent years Anne's work has been included in several national exhibitions.  She received the Winsor Newton Award in the New England Watercolor Society's 9th Biennial North American Open Show at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT in 2004.  In 2005 she received the Garnet Award in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY.  In 2008 she received the Canson Fine Papers Award in the 11th Biennial North American Show sponsored by the New England Watercolor Society at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA.  In 2009, her paintings were included in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 30th Annual National Exhibition and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s 16th Annual National Watermedia Competition.

Anne is a member of the Falmouth Artists Guild and a Juried Gallery Artist at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA and the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA. She holds Signature Memberships in the New England Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and serves on the Board of Directors of New England Watercolor Society.


Selected Juried Venues

  • Falmouth Artists Guild
  • Arts Center/Old Forge, NY
  • Bennington Center for the Arts, VT
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA
  • Chatham Center for the Arts
  • Concord Art Association, MA
  • Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA
  • Goggleworks Center for the Arts, PA
  • Lancaster Museum of Art, PA
  • Marywood University, PA
  • North Shore Art Association, MA
  • Rhode Island Watercolor Society, RI
  • Saco Art Museum, ME
  • South Shore Art Center, MA
  • Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
  • The Guild of Boston Artists, MA

Selected Private Study

Watercolor: Joseph Santoro, Elaine Wentworth, Rita Derjue, Susan Shatter, Paul George, Charles Reid

Portraiture: Clement Micarelli, Enrique Flores-Galbiz

Oil Bar: Shirley Mossman Nisbet

Selected Awards

  • A. A. Wills Drawing Prize, North River Arts Festival
  • First Award in Graphics, Cape Cod Art Association, New England Juried Exhibition
  • Blue Ribbon in Watercolor, "Sea, Sails and Sun" Juried Exhibition, South Shore Art Center
  • Best of Show and First Prize in Watercolor, Stoughton Art Association Annual Exhibition
  • Winsor Newton Award, N.E.W.S. 9th North American Biennial Show
  • Garnet Award, 2004 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors
  • Canson Fine Papers Award, N.E.W.S 11th North American Biennial Show

Selected Invitational Venues

  • Artcetera Invitational Auctions, Boston, MA
  • Downs Art Gallery, West Falmouth, MA
  • Guyer Barn, Hyannis, MA
  • Lyme Art Association, CT
  • New Bedford Museum of Art, MA
  • Old Selectmen's Building Gallery, Barnstable, MA
  • South Shore Art Center, MA
  • South Shore Conservatory of Music, MA