INDIVIDUAL - SCAD ID - #452
Spartanburg County, SC
Anita began painting over 20 years ago, after receiving a Master Degree in International Relations and starting her first career in diplomacy. While working for the US State Department, Anita managed art programs in the Public Diplomacy section of the US Embassy in Poland. There, as a representative of the United States, she worked to introduce American music, history and culture to the people of Poland. She organized various educational and cultural events, and prepared and edited a publication on the American primitive art collection displayed at the Ambassador’s residence. While living overseas, she began to study painting under the direction of a local Master Artist.
Upon returning to the US, she continued developing her creative skills through various courses, self-study and exploration. She participated in three shows in Michigan and South Carolina, receiving an Honorable Mention for one of her landscape paintings. Her art may be found in private collections in several states.
Anita began teaching fine art classes in 2014, but later established a mobile painting events business so that she could offer painting classes to more of people throughout the Upstate.
Today, Anita creates acrylic and mixed media art in her own practice, but also does commission work, paints murals and signs, and teaches art classes, all with the intention of bringing joy and beauty to as many people as possible.
My personal artwork is inspired by my travels, heritage and love of nature. I enjoy weaving personal symbols and memories into my paintings, and look to bring beauty and meaning to the mundane.
I feel called to teach art in a way that is not intimidating, but rather, accessible to beginners. My favorite students are the ones who claim that they “can’t even draw a stick figure” because at the end of a class, they are the ones who are most delighted with their completed work. When creating the designs I use for teaching, I am often inspired by local flora and traditions, as well as the changing seasons. I create designs that are beautiful and inspirational, but also possible to teach in a short time, so that my students are can feel the satisfaction of going home with their own, hand-painted work of art after every class.
Although it is more solitary work, I also enjoy bringing joy and beauty to people’s lives through murals. Whether in a home, school, business, or on a building, a large, colorful mural has the ability to transform a space and uplift people’s spirits. I am especially drawn to creating abstract, floral and interactive murals.