Whilst studying at Oxford University, Anna developed her art, working and attending classes under world-renowned tutors at the prestigious Ruskin School of Art. She studied Philosophy of Aesthetics and was particularly taken by Kant’s concept of the judgement of taste; the idea that art generates an intuitive emotional response and beauty is innately powerful in its own right. In Anna’s words, ‘though I enjoy pieces that provoke intellectual stimulation, this is secondary to the primary purpose of a work. It must make you feel something.’ Her pieces are designed to evoke an instinctive sense of beauty.
Since moving to New Zealand, Anna has trained with the illustrious Judy Curnow, a protégé herself of the globally- acclaimed artist Tim Wilson. Anna’s work has benefited from the addition of new techniques, such as a modern interpretation of traditional glazing used by the Dutch Masters, first developed by Tim and handed down via Judy. She has subsequently studied under the instruction of world-renowned US gilder Charles Douglas, learning new techniques for working with metal leaf including verre églomisé. Anna’s work has been exhibited all over New Zealand; she was Guest Artist at the Annual Ashburton Society of Arts Exhibition in 2022, selected to exhibit alongside Tim Wilson’s work in Auckland last September and recently featured in the PredART or Free Exhibition in Taranaki in April.
Her work is frequently purchased by international buyers and, in particular, she has key collectors in the UK and US. She is one of a handful of young ‘conservation artists’ from across the globe that use art to draw attention to environmental issues and she has a rapidly growing audience of over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Anna is fortunate to live on a rural lifestyle block in Le Bons Bay, Banks Peninsula which is populated by many native birds and plants. Her art is inspired by her daily observations of the interaction between native flora and fauna. Capturing the natural beauty and character of this is integral to her work. She is deliberate with her composition and, whilst her work is detailed, she describes her subject with neither abstraction nor absolute realism, preferring instead to play with colour, form and light to highlight the character of the individual subjects and create a powerful yet delicate aesthetic.