Seventeen years ago, Anne Brodie Hill retired from her career as a medical technologist to become the “marine artist” she is today.
The decision proved fruitful. Hill is a successful artist with several pieces in galleries across Georgia and is a member of several art groups.
As an artist, Hill is inspired by “anything that has to do with water,” including Gainesville’s very own Lake Lanier.
“I like to paint anything that has to do with water — oceans and lakes and rivers and things like that,” the 72-year-old Gainesville resident said. “It’s more of contemporary, realistic marine art.”
A resident of the lake, she is giving back by showcasing its beauty at one of the city’s bus shelters thanks to a new project.
Led by the city of Gainesville and Vision 2030 of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce with help from the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, the Bus Shelter Art Project is the installation of 15 pieces of art on bus shelters in the community.
“Art was selected in order to introduce artistic works which build on the Gainesville Connection brand of connecting people to family, friends, recreation, business, government, education, retail, nonprofits and places of importance,” according to a Quinlan news release. “Thematically and visually, works are focused on the connectivity of people to the community.”
Hill has been painting in watercolors, oils and acrylics for 30 years. But when she moved to Lake Lanier with her new husband in 1995, she turned her focus to what seemed like no one else was painting at the time.
“I saw how beautiful the lake and the bridges on the lake were and I started doing paintings of the bridges and Lake Lanier,” she said. “Nobody else up here was doing that. None of the other artists were doing paintings of Lake Lanier. It’s been a big inspiration for me to live up here in Gainesville near the lake.”
Having her artwork selected for the Bus Shelter Project left Hill “thrilled.”
“I thought it was a big honor and I was real excited,” she said. “I like to make people happy with my art. I like to make people smile and think they’re looking at something pretty or something nice that reminds them of a good time or a good thing.”
As for why she decided to apply, Hill described it like the lottery.
“If you don’t get a ticket, you’re not going to win,” she said.
She also thought images of Lake Lanier at a bus shelter would affect those waiting at the stop.
“People waiting on a bus or walking into town might wish they were on the lake,” she said. “So that might be a good thing to make them smile when they see the lake. ... It gives people a lift to see some nice art when they’re walking around town or driving around town.”