Anna W Edwards

Artist Statement

Anna W. Edwards lives in San Leandro, CA. Anna grew up in New
York City, and lived on Sugar Hill. The Sugar Hill Neighborhood is a small enclave, north of Harlem. She attended CCNY and The New School.
After moving to California and balancing corporate life with the
desire to express creatively, she studied floral design and started
Holiday Faire, a floral design business; Anna later began painting and
studied painting with Takeshi Nakayoshi. Her work in acrylic,
mixed media and collage have been influenced by Ed Clark, Richard
Diebenkorn, Bob Rauschenberg and Antoni Tapies. Her Sugar Hill neighborhood had a plethora of famous musicians and artists and Edwards says “The Neighborhood, the Music and the Musicians helped to influence my art when I started painting some twenty-five years later. I have chosen “The Urban Landscape” as my focus, because cities have always held a special fascination for me. They provoke memories and emotions of a bygone time. Walking city streets connects me with a timeless energy I endeavor to impart in my paintings. I wish to give the urban landscape an energetic and personal quality. I don’t give a literal rendering of known places but more of a
transitory sensation of the sights and sounds I feel being expressed
through me as I paint.

Another focus has been exploring the spiritual landscape of the
individual. The works honor the Light Bearers, the deliverers of Light and
purveyors of Inspiration and Wisdom, who have inspired many of us
through their writings, poetry, living, teaching, art, music and
inventions, to start or continue on our journey of Discovery and
expression of self.

Anna has had a number of solo and group shows in the Bay Area and
across the Country. She is in the collection of the African American
Museum of Dallas, Dallas Texas; as well as corporate and private
collections through out the United States and abroad. Presently she
paints, in her studio, Anna W Edwards Fine Art Studio & Gallery in
San Leandro, CA. She is a member of the Moraga Art Gallery, an artist co-op in Moraga, CA.

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