Media praises Anita's Art.

Find out more about my art and how I paint an animal portrait.

On this page you will find some publications about my life as an artist and my art. In some articles I explain how I approach creating a portrait of a horse or a dog.



“Do You Really Love Your Pet?
A Guide to Portraiture for Dogs, Cats…Even Lizards”


By Daniel Grant

No artist sets out on a career with the idea of painting homeowners’ pets. But some who come to it embrace it, to say the least… Continue reading

Chessie and Willow Oil on Linen, 2015
Chessie and Willow
Oil on Linen, 2015

“Every portrait starts with the eyes”

In Sidelines Magazine on October 26, 2015

By Lauren R. Giannini

Anita Baarns started out, to use her words, “doing very abstract works” and was even granted a U.S. patent in 1992 for her process of creating artworks by an application of crayon and ink. Obviously, her muse had other plans. Continue Reading


Fine art self-portrait with her horse Conrad
Anita Baarns stands in front of her self-portrait featuring her horse Conrad

“In the tradition of the hunt”

In The Washingtonpost of Septerber 9, 1999

At some juncture in our lives, most of us must choose: love or money.
But Anita Baarns is one of the lucky ones. She has been able to turn her twin passions for animals and art to profit by becoming a painter, primarily of portraits of horses and hounds. Continue Reading

Going to Post at Great Meadow Oil on Linen, 20" x 24", 2005
Going to Post at Great Meadow
Oil on Linen, 20″ x 24″, 2005

“To Evoke an Emotion”


By Anita Baarns

I was born in France, raised in Holland, and came to the United States in 1988. While visiting friends over Christmas, I met my future husband and decided to study Fine Arts. I graduated summa cum laudefrom Northern Virginia Community College, and summa cum laude from the University Of Maryland in Studio Fine Arts. Continue Reading


Carter and Russ Pastel on Paper, 2015 8” x 10”
Carter and Russ
Pastel on Paper, 2015 8” x 10”