Born in Yorkshire, Anna gained her degree in Fine Art at Bretton College, and then completed a four-year apprenticeship in antique restoration. In 2002 she set up her own successful business, making bespoke furniture and restoring antiques. Alongside this, Anna makes mixed media drawings full of playful marks and layers of texture. She is fascinated by the shapes and structure found in nature. Her working method involves a puzzling process of creating drawings full of expressive marks, then using the destructive action of ripping to reshape and find a harmony. Anna was the winner of the Newlights 2016 Swinton Foundation Prize.