For as long as Anna can remember, she always liked art. Her mother fostered appreciation for all forms of it. Anna grew up in Lithuania and Russia, and her childhood was filled with trips to galleries, symphony halls and theaters.
One day, more than 20 years ago, Anna's son left his paints on the table and ran off to play. She picked up his brush, not knowing that it would take her on an incredible journey.
As an art student, Anna studied with well-known and recognized artists and teachers from around the world. Among them Alvaro Castagnet, David Taylor, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, James Toogood, Jean Grastorf, David Slonim, Kim English. Her favorite masters are John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many Russians! She spent two years in Stuttgart, Germany and studied under mentorship of Thomas Hager, who pushed her to see beyond obvious.
Anna admires paintings that are spontaneous and free, and infuse the viewer with a feeling of what they see. She paints in all three mediums, she enjoys both the ethereal feeling of watercolor, as well as substantiality of oils; and flexibility of acrylic medium. Watercolor is still her first love!
Anna is a Signature Member of Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon,and Indiana Artist Club. She has entered numerous state exhibits and won awards, including the Mayor's Award at the 2021 Carmel International Arts Festival and "Best of Show" at the Watercolor Society of Indiana Annual Juried Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Anna's paintings and commission works found their home in many private collections around the world.
Join us for the opening night of Anna Afshar's exhibition during the Gallery Walk on November 5th from 5pm to 8pm.