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Creeks, lakes, oceans inspire Gainesville artist
Marine art on display at Quinlan through June 3
Anne Brodie Hill

Quinlan Spring Exhibitions: Artist Anne Brodie Hill

When: Through June 3

Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: 770-536-2575

Anne Brodie Hill is an artist inspired by the Gainesville area, especially the beautiful Lake Lanier.

She explained her artwork as “mainly landscapes that have any water in them like creeks and lakes and oceans.”
“Being up here by Lake Lanier, that’s like icing on the cake,” she said. “Everyday I go over Browns Bridge twice and other bridges on the lake, and I just see how beautiful it is. And then every weekend I’m at the lake.”
The local resident not only uses her art skills as a member of the board of trustees at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center here in Gainesville, but she’s also vice president of the American Society of Marine Artists, a national group that Hill said promotes and recognizes marine art as well as maritime history.

The society is hosting its 17th National Exhibition at several museums around the country, including at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville as part of its Spring Exhibitions.

“I thought it would be great to share the works of my friends in the society with the people of Gainesville and Hall County and Georgia,” Hill said about getting the show. “I had to get approval from the board of directors at the Quinlan.”

She said it took about six or seven years to get things finalized, such as getting that approval from the Quinlan and finding room on the schedule.

“It’s some of the best marine artwork in America being done today,” she said. “I just thought it would be great if I could get the Quinlan to approve it.”

Hill said there were over 400 entries for the society’s exhibition, but only 119 pieces were selected.

And among the chosen artists showcasing their work is Hill herself.
“(The Fellows) are the ones that are well established in the art world. They choose the exhibit,” she said. “I was just thrilled that they chose one of my paintings to be in the show.”

Hill said she’s been interested in art since she was about 12 years old, but it was never her career or focus until later in life.

“I had to choose between art and medical technology or some kind of medicine career …So I chose medicine. I was a medical technologist for 35 years working at different hospitals in research.”
But when she moved to Gainesville, her passion for painting grew because of all the scenery.  

“I moved up here to Gainesville in 1995, and of course my husband has a boat and a houseboat on Lake Lanier,” she said. “So riding around Lake Lanier, you see all this beautiful scenery and you see the bridges. In ’95, I started painting the bridges of Lake Lanier.”

And after she retired from Yerkes National Primate Research Center in 1999, painting and volunteering began to fill her days.

“I try to focus on my art and volunteering and supporting the different societies and art centers and art groups that I’m passionate about,” she said. “I don’t really have a job anymore. It’s just doing the things that I love and that I’m passion about artwise. So that’s really wonderful for me.”

Hill gave praise to both the Quinlan and society, comparing the two as groups that both want to bring beautiful art to people.

“There’s two things that I love in the world. Well, three things,” she said. “My family of course comes first, and then the Quinlan and the American Society of Marine Artists.”
The display runs through June 3.