Anneliese Drbal was born in Carinthia, Austria where she received her Master's degree in Philosophy and Psychology. She moved to Vienna and started her career in Adult Education. There she met her future husband, and after coming to the States on their honeymoon they settled down in California. Raising their two sons became her main focus in life.
Anneliese always loved creating and with her husband's encouragement began her journey in art, formally studying drawing and painting with nationally recognized artists such as Bill Morales, Joe Ragey and Jian Wu.
With her European background and her frequent trips to Austria, she moves between two worlds: the European World or Old World with its refined taste, exclusivity and complexity, and the American World or New World of vitality, optimism and ingenuity. She comes to terms with both worlds because of the beauty and spirituality she sees in all places and people.
In her travels she is able to capture the many lovely landscapes that the world has to offer, and she thrives on the excitement of translating nature into art. Her works are influenced by French Impressionists Renoir and Sisley, and American Impressionist Sargent, with her feminine undertones making them unique. Vivid colors and heartfelt emotion guide her works in oil and watercolor. Her pastels reflect a passionate appreciation of the human figure. The artist is on an endless quest to simplify her brushstrokes and transport the viewer to a place of light.
2013 March 'First Place' in Oil Painting, SWA, Redwood City, CA
2011 April 'Jury's Favorite 15%', FineArtViews, Online Contest
2011 April 'First Place' in Oil Painting, SWA, Redwood City, CA
2011 March 'Jury's Favorite 15%', FineArtViews, Online Contest
2011 January 'People's Choice Award', SWA, Redwood City, CA
2011 January 'Jury's Favorite 15%', FineArtViews, Online Contest
2010 October 'First Place' in Oil Painting, SWA, Redwood City, CA
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Society of Western Artists (SWA)