Location: West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
Anna H. Bellenger, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in watercolor art.
Specializing in watercolor and mostly water-based acrylics, Ms. Bellenger has notably worked as an independent artist since 1950. Struggling with dyslexia in her childhood, the young Ms. Bellenger found solace in art through the influence of her aunt. Upon earning an Associate of Arts from Southern Seminary, now known as the Southern Virginia University, she further pursued her prowess for art and has utilized her love for animals in her work for the past 65 years. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Bellenger has finished more than 80 paintings and illustrated three books, including, “Anna’s Animals” and “Inside Out,” a book of poetry. In 2020, she entered four international shows, as well as shows with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Delaware Watercolor Society, and American Watercolor Society.
Finding great success in her artistic work, Ms. Bellenger was the recipient of a monetary award and medal for her contributions in the American Watercolor Society in 2017 and 2018, originally gaining admittance to its international show in 2011 and 2013. She is most proud of her painting for the 150th anniversary of the American Watercolor Society of New York, of which she received a medal and monetary prize. In 2014, she earned first place at the National Penn Women’s Biennial Show and in 2013, she received the Founder’s Award at the Philadelphia Watercolor Society International Show and earned third place at the Delaware Watercolor Society Show. In addition to her various accolades, Ms. Bellenger received an honorable mention at the 2012 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Show and achieved first prize in mixed media at the 2011 Philadelphia Watercolor Society Members Show.
Ms. Bellenger attributes her vast success simply to her love for art and her artistic abilities, as well as to the unwavering support of her mother, husband, and various mentors. Outside of her artistic endeavors, she has shown dogs at numerous competitions for nearly 30 years. Most notably, in 2019, she showed a dog at the Westminster Kennel Club that went on to be an international champion throughout Europe. The dog was “GCHS CH LLANERCH FENS HENCHARD OF CASTORBRIDGE” for “Llanerchfens Farfrae Of Casterridge x CH Devondale’s Martha Dandridge,” winning Select Dog at the Norwich Terrier Club of America’s Westminster Kennel Club.
Ms. Bellenger’s advice to those aspiring to work as artists full time is to wake up each morning and start painting, as she believes by painting each day the artist will eventually find their rhythm and niche in creativity. Today, she holds membership with the Pennsylvania Water Color Society, Delaware Watercolor Society, Diamond State Penn Women and American Watercolor Society as a signature member. She serves as treasurer to the Howard Pile Studio Group and Diamond State Penn Women. With her husband, George, Ms. Bellenger has three children, Bailey, George III and Jim, five grandchildren, Reddy, William, George, Austin and Madison, and two step-grandchildren.
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