Anna Watkins is a self â€“ taught artist, who takes her inspiration from nature and her love of Â colour.Â Anna paints intuitively and lets the paintings become what they want to be. She starts by choosing a palette of colours and will paint uplifting words as the first layer. These will become covered as more and more layers of paint are applied. Gradually an idea or picture will begin to take shape. Anna will then help this along with details and contrast. Â She likes to paint to soothing meditation music or native american tribal music if something with higher energy is needed! Anna loves the freedom of working for herselfÂ Â as it gives her the opportunity to develop as artist and also take coffee breaks in the garden when the sun shines!
Anna has worked as a freelance designer for â€˜Crafts Beautifulâ€™ and â€˜Quick and Craftyâ€™ magazines. Her book â€œHand Painted Rustic Cardsâ€, published by Search Press, was well received and got great reviews. She has also co-authored two further books, â€œUltimate Card Makerâ€ and â€œGreetings Cardsâ€, published by Search Press and David and Charles.
Anna has also designedÂ greeting cards and scrapbook papers which are sold both in the UK and USA. Anna also taught workshops for many years both privately and in Adult Learning â€“ including Missenden Abbey.
Anna has taught workshops for many years both privately and in Adult Learning â€“ including Missenden Abbey and more lately via online course.
Anna,Â a former foster carer and staff nurse at the Spinal Injuries Unit, is the mother of two grown up children. SheÂ Â shares her home with her husband Andy, and two cats Ottie Â and Â Suki (above) in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone.
These days you will find her getting creative in the garden or her purpose built studio. Her other interests included enjoying spending time with family and friends, being outside, walking, running and messing around on the canal.