I was raised in a Vermont village, and lived with raccoons, a sparrow hawk, reptiles, amphibians, and a convoluted sequence of domestic animals - including human. I drew, read, and wrote plays and puppet scripts for family and community productions. My early life is the foundation for my art and writing.
The evolving bestiary in my paintings is also inspired by work in the world of animation, a lifelong love of comics and cartoons, natural history, and the art and stories of indigenous cultures. I like to compare human behavior and traits with those of the other animals, seeking similarities and differences. Amalgamated or hybrid animals have been my subject since a childhood fascination with the Duckbilled Platypus. Juxtapositions and paradoxes are the main themes, and these probably have their roots in an early interest in the Lemming and the Porcupine. I think of my work as being like the Trickster character in myth, who is the spirit of the in-between, the crossroads, the melding of opposite traits.
For many years, Anna Dibble worked in the animation studios of Disney, Marvel, Hanna Barbera, Murakami Wolf, and Don Bluth. Some of the television and theatrical productions she worked on in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Manhattan: The Black Cauldron, Transformers, Tron, Flintstones, Dungeons and Dragons, Wile E. Coyote, and The Electric Company.
She was also a freelance writer, co-concept designer and composer for Children's Television Workshop's Sesame Street. For over 30 years, Dibble - primarily a self trained artist - has exhibited her animal paintings, drawings and sculpture in solo and group exhibitions in New England galleries and cultural centers, including the Plum Gallery in Williamstown, MA, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MA, West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe, VT, Shore Galleries, Provincetown, MA, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown Univ., Providence, RI. and the Wilson Museum, Manchester, VT.