I feel that I am now at the peak of my creativity. I’ve lived an artist’s life for more than forty years; a lifestyle focused on creating art in response to the world around me. I used to think that my art was simply the product of a creative conversation I was having with myself; a form of compulsive, therapeutic, exploration. But now I understand that my art is the embodiment of an ongoing conversation I’m wanting to have with the world, with you, with anyone who spends time in the presence of my artwork. I’m not telling you to feel, or think, or see like I do; and I’m not looking to enthrall you with some technical artistic achievement. Instead, I’m asking, ‘How do you feel?”. And, through the paintings, I’m inviting you to share some human experiences, memories, thoughts, and feelings. I think we can live better lives if our surroundings include creative works that inspire us, encourage empathy and prompt thoughtfulness. Maybe one of my paintings helps you feel calm, makes you smile, sparks curiosity, reminds you of a loved one or of a favorite place? In this quiet way, I hope to make the world a better place for us both.
Anita Haddad Loomis is a painter who lives and works from her home studio in Kittery, Maine. Originally from West Boylston, MA, she started her artist career while in high school. After earning a BA in studio art from Framingham State College (MA) in 1989, she worked in the medium of stained glass. Establishing a glass studio after graduation, she offered lessons and custom residential stained glass windows and lighting. Pursuing work on a grander scale in the field of architectural stained glass, Anita accepted a position as office manager and design/studio assistant with nationally recognized stained glass artist James T. Piercey of J. Piercey Studios, Orlando, Florida. With her husband, Paul, and two children, Anita’s family relocated to Florida in 1995. Anita remained with J. Piercey Studios for 10 years, enjoying a very fulfilling career in the architectural stained glass field.
In 2004 Anita returned to college earning her MA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in arts management from the University of Central Florida. During her studies, she returned to drawing and painting. Following graduation, she and her husband Paul returned to New England where Anita focused on painting and briefly taught art in a Massachusetts public school until the pandemic. In 2020, Anita and Paul moved to Kittery, Maine where Anita established Loomis Gallery. She exhibits, teaches, creates in her studio and works to help other artists. Anita supports her local arts community by serving on arts committees. She belongs to several New England art associations, and her paintings exhibit internationally.