Anne M. Breedlove is the sixth of ten children raised in Albany, New York. Upon stopping in San Francisco during a cross-country road trip with her brother and sister-in-law in 1972, she decided to stay, and has been here ever since. Schools, careers, marriage, kids, and now grandkids followed as the decades progressed. With degrees in printing from City College of San Francisco, and history from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University she spent her professional career bouncing back and forth from the art world to the academic one. Her Master’s Thesis at SFSU, published in the California Historical Society quarterly in Spring 2001, looked at late-nineteenth century women printers and publishers in San Francisco. Her Senior Thesis at UCBerkeley, for which she received a magna, looked at Revolutionary War era women printers. Once a printer, always a printer.
While earning her first degree at CCSF, in commercial printing, she fell in love with screen printing when taking a survey class in the Art Department, and has been screen printing ever since. After retiring from academia in 2008 she spent the next 8 years traveling the world with her husband by loaded bicycle (21 countries, about 30,000 miles). Slowing down the traveling with the arrival of grandchildren, she returned her gaze to printmaking and returned to school for 5 semesters to improve her game, and now prints out of her own garage studio.
She now happily juggles her time between art, bicycling, all things French – especially Télématin weekday mornings, gardening, hot yoga, music – especially piano, printmaking, sewing, walking, and watching her grandchildren, not necessarily in that order.