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Anna is a scientist by training. She studied Zoology at Leeds University before embarking on a research career investigating the biomechanical properties of mammalian tendons. She has taught animal form and function, biomechanics and anatomy in several universities for over 20 years. It was early in her university career that Anna fell in love with life-drawing and the use of charcoal.
Anna uses her knowledge of anatomy, biology and biomechanics in her art to explore the form and function of the natural world around us, including the human body. She works in a variety of media, especially enjoying the more fugitive and tactile drawing materials such as charcoal and soft pastel. These allow her to sculpt her drawings through addition and subtraction, creating work in which the process of drawing is an important part of the finished piece. Anna also enjoys experimenting with ancient drawing materials such as found stones and plant-based inks.
In 2015 Anna joined the renowned local artist co-operative The Gallery at the Guild in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire initially in a managerial role. This allowed her the freedom to step back from her teaching commitments and further develop her art practice. She became a fully exhibiting member in 2016. She is currently studying part-time for a Degree in Painting with the Open College of Arts.