Anne Appleby lives and works in San Francisco and at the edge of a national forest in Montana. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana in 1977 and an Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989. She was awarded the David S. McMillian Award and the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1996. Her fifteen-year apprenticeship with an Ojibwe Native American elder in Montana had a strong influence on her work and gave her a high level of patience and an incredible ability to observe.
Her works represent the landscape in its ever-changing seasons and colors. Although intimately tied to nature, her work is also part of the reemergence of abstraction in America. Appleby's minimalist panels of color are titled to reveal their origins in observation of her local flora.