Anna Althea Hills was born January 28, 1882 in Ravenna, Ohio. She studied at the
Chicago Art Institute; Cooper Union Art School in New York City; she worked with
Arthur Dow (1857-1922) and later studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. While
in Europe she studied with John Noble Barlow (1861-1917).
In 1912 she
moved to Laguna Beach, California becoming a leading member of the Laguna Beach
art community. She was an active member of the California Art Club, held a
membership at the Washington Watercolor Club and served at the Laguna Beach Art
Association as president from 1922 to 1925 and from 1927 to 1930.
was highly regarded as an art teacher and encouraged the study of the visual
arts at the local public schools. Captivated and inspired by her new
surroundings, she created atmospheric impressionist landscapes showing a
reverence and appreciation of nature. The subjects of her plein-air landscapes
varied from treescapes, the Laguna Beach coastline, Mission San Juan Capistrano,
the vast Southern California and Arizona deserts, Santa Ana Canyon, arroyos and
Hills won the Bronze Medal at the Panama-California
Exposition, San Diego in 1915; the Bronze Medal at the California State Fair,
1919; and the Landscape Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1922, 1923.
She died at the early age of forty-eight on June 13, 1930 in Laguna