Anna is not only inspired by the local landscape she sees: she also enjoys delving into their past. In a series of work 'Battlelines Redrawn' exhibited last year, for example, Anna researched the story of the men of this landscape and the part they played in the similar and yet very different landscapes of the First World War and the legacy left behind in art, literature and on the land itself. Discover more in this five minute read, Lives lost in Contemporary Colour, published by OX Magazine: www.oxmag.co.uk/articles/landscapes-of-life-lost-in-contemporary-colour/
Most recently, Anna is collaborating with drone pilot Hedley Thorne to co-produce an exhibition that they hope will be exhibited in the autumn of 2021. The show ‘Airscapes’ will provide a ‘birds-eye’ view of the Oxfordshire countryside. Hedley will exhibit his photos and film from his drone and he has kindly given Anna permission to use his photos as reference for her paintings which will be shown alongside his photos. The locations of each painting and photo will connect with local history and provide a narrative which Hedley and Anna hope will give a valuable insight into some of the fascinating parts of our county.
I was born in Berkshire in 1972 and attended Falmouth School of Art where I studied illustration. I was a graphic designer for over sixteen years before deciding, in 2010, to become a professional landscape artist.
I lived abroad for a period of time before moving back to Oxfordshire where I now live, right on the edge of the Berkshire Downs.
Since my first solo exhibition in Wantage in 1994, I have exhibited at galleries and museums in many counties in the South of England. I regularly participate in Oxfordshire Artweeeks Open Studios and throughout the rest of the year I volunteer my time as a director on the Oxfordshire Artweeks board. I am also a member of the Oxford Arts Society.
My paintings tell stories that connect people, land, heritage, culture, environment and communities. Absorbing life and landscape in my home counties has had a profound influence on my interest in chalk landscapes, with an especially close interest in ancient landscapes and prehistory.