Fluid Acrylic Art Non-Objective Abstract Abstracted Landscapes Impressionist Landscapes
About Anabel



7867 Axsom Branch Road, Nashville, IN 47448 ● (812) 837-9607-home; (812) 340-8781-cell.  

  anahoppy47448@gmail.com  ●   www.anabelhopkins.com


Media:  Soft pastel on Ampersand board. Oil and acrylic paint on canvas.  Styles:  Impressionist landscapes, non-objective abstract and abstracted landscapes in sizes up to 48” X 60”


Inspirations:  The rural, wooded area surrounding my home, along with Lake Monroe, Salt Creek and my “Monet” pond.  My landscapes feature water, reflections, and trees in summer and fall. I am intrigued by paths going into new areas and often paint scenes that stimulate a desire to follow the trail wherever it goes.  My abstracts are inspired by love of color, composition and texture plus the energy and freedom to produce loose creations.



  • Oil painting classes and workshops with Douglas David, Katherine Hurley, Joel Knapp, Robert Hoffman, Robert Eberle, Patricia Rhoden Bartels, Kwang Cha Brown, Scott Sullivan and others
  • Personal study of large abstracted landscapes with Kathleen Earthrowl, Houston, Texas
  • Pastel classes with Carol Strock Wasson, Mary Ann Davis, Robert Hoffman and Ann Von Ehr
  • Abstract workshops with Joe DiGiulio and Peggy Brown


  • Hoosier Salon gallery, Broadripple, Indianapolis
  • Hoosier Artist gallery, Nashville, Indiana
  • The Venue, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Les Nympheas Studio, Brown County, Indiana
  • Public Art display, Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana University Eye Institute, Indianapolis
  • Gallery North on the Square, Bloomington, Indiana (former)


Shows in 2011

  • Solo show, Bloomington City Hall Atrium, “Adventures in Abstract”
  • Duo show with Patricia Rhoden Bartels, “Abstract Thinking”, Healing Arts Indy art gallery, Indianapolis
  • Three-person Pastel show with David Owen and Pat Bardes, John Waldron Ivy Tech Art Center, Bloomington
  • Solo show at Phi Gallery, Hotel Indigo, Columbus, IN (Columbus Museum of Art & Design)
  • Art Alliance Brown County annual exhibition, John Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, IN


Previous & Current shows (partial list)

  • Hoosier Salon Annual  Exhibition (juried), Abstract – 2012, Pastel - 2010
  • Four-artist show  “Absolutely Abstract”, Gallery North, Bloomington, 2007
  • Sycamore Land Trust-Gallery North juried show, 2008
  • Pendleton Art Center juried show, 2010, Rising Sun, Indiana
  • Midwest National Abstract juried Show,  2008 & 2012, Indianapolis
  • Indiana State Fair Professional Division, juried, two years (oil & pastel)
  • Indiana Artisan Project (juried member) annual Marketplace, Indianapolis, 2011 & 2012


Awards and Honors

  • Best of Show, Brown County Art Guild Patron Show (2011)
  • Selected to hang large diptych in the new Eugene and Marilyn Glick- Indiana University Eye Center
  • Prairie Partner Award, Art for All Seasons Sycamore Land Trust juried show, Bloomington, IN
  • First place (twice) in shows at Brown County Art Guild
  • Third place and honorable mention awards at Brown County Art Guild shows
  • People’s Choice Award, 2007 Artful Dining Gala, Nashville, Indiana


Community Activities

  • President, Art Alliance Brown County, 4 years: initiated projects including Artist at Work (street art), Art Center without Walls, Village Art Walks & Indiana Conference on Public Art. Chaired Artful Dining Gala annual major art fund-raising event, Oversaw community mural public art projects.  Organized Art Organization  Fund to select grantees for Artful Dining Gala grants.
  • Received Volunteer of the Year award from Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau

My home studio in rural Brown County is called “Les Nymphéas” (the waterlilies) and is designed on the concept of Monet’s Giverny studio and grounds, complete with fenced pond and Japanese bridge, studio filled with antiques with a French flair, and acres of landscaped grounds.  It is featured on the annual Studio and Garden Tour and has been featured on the front page of the local newspaper as well as in periodic tourist publications.  During 2007 and 2008 I operated a studio/gallery in downtown Nashville “Contemporary Art Experience” to feature my contemporary work (abstracted landscapes and non-objective paintings) and provide painting lessons. I am the founding member of Hoosier Artist Gallery at 45 S. Jefferson in Nashville, Indiana, a cooperative gallery of 25 local/regional artists.


Like most Abstract artists, I came to this technique later in my career after having learned the basic rules of form, composition, values, color and technique.  My style is Abstract Expressionist- Non-Objective which is challenging because it consists purely of composition, color, values and texture, absent a subject to base the painting on. Wassily Kandinsky, often considered the first abstract artist, saidOf all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet.  This last is essential.

 Abstract Expressionism was often called “Action painting” due to its physicality.  It is very freeing to stroke on molding paste with broad strokes of a large palette knife, swipe an oversized brush through a canvas, glue on sand, pumice, and other elements for built-up structure.  I may use a rag to dab on color contrasts or eventually lay the painting on the floor and drip on thin streams of paint in a determined pattern.  My paintings require multiple layers of ground (gesso or undercoats), structural elements, paint and often a final coat of gloss or varnish.  My compositions may be inspired by a shadow on the wall, a Chinese calligraphy character, or nothing at all.  I often begin with a general idea and let the painting determine its own design.  I commonly alter colors and form as I progress.  The composition should work from any angle and I may turn it upside down or sideways before determining its final orientation.  As an interior design fan, I enjoy creating a large piece that can serve as a room’s focal point. 

Abstract work forces the viewer to create their own reality – each sees something different, making the painting their personal discovery.  Viewers of abstracts can’t always say why they like a particular work – they just know they do and, in the end, that’s what counts, isn’t it?

Fluid Acrylic Art Non-Objective Abstract Abtracted Landscapes Impressionist Landscapes
About Anabel